In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.In a special meeting on Monday night the Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT), per regulations by the State of Colorado, adopted the Town’s budget for 2011. On
hand for the event were six of the seven Board members (Trustee Ed Bruder was out of town), Administrator Victoria Simonsen, Finance Director Jodi McClurkin, two members of the press (from the Lyons Recorder and the Redstone Review), and a young girl (who, because she is a minor, will remain anonymous) doing her homework.
Once the approval order of the four resolutions was worked out (number 47 coming after numbers 44 and 45, but before number 46) things went relatively smoothly. As reported in last week’s edition, thanks to the perseverance, hard work, and cost cutting by the Town Staff, and the “Bull Doggedness” of the Trustees, for the first time in a number of years, the budget will reflect that the anticipated revenues for the General and Parks & Rec. Funds will be more than the anticipated expenses. Meaning that the funds will not be depleting their reserves. That coupled with the fact that the Enterprise Funds (water, sewer, and electric) are currently in the black, bodes well for the future if everything goes according to plan.
After everything was adopted, Mayor Julie Van Domelen announced that the Board would be holding a workshop with McClurkin and Simonsen, in February so that they can hash out semantics and nomenclature to ensure that hence forth, everyone involved in the process will be on the same page, as far as exactly what “numbers” the Trustees need to move forward in a fiscally prudent manner. She also announced that the Town will be holding a pot luck “volunteer appreciation party” on Friday (December 17) night in council chambers for all the members of the Town’s Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Councils. The meeting was then adjourned, and everyone went to get some dinner.