By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
The Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) passed the first reading of an ordinance Monday night that would grant the gas franchise for the Town of Lyons to Xcel Energy for the next twenty years. Xcel Area Manager Craig Eicher told the Board that his company served between 880 to 900 residential and commercial customers in the Lyons area, and collected $640,000 in revenues in 2009. The franchise agreement calls for a three
percent fee to go into the Town’s coffers, which amounts to approximately $19,200. The current franchise agreement, set to expire this year, had been for twenty-five years. The second reading and pubic hearing for this ordinance will be on the March 7 agenda.
Also passed on first reading was an ordinance to apply and contract for beneficial use of water, by the Town, from the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District for Colorado-Big Thompson Project water. “Master” Clerk Deb Anthony explained to the Trustees that this is an annual “house cleaning” chore that is done every January. The consent agenda, containing the January 4 BOT meeting minutes and the December 2010 Financials & Clerk/Treasure’s report was passed without too much fanfare. Then it was on to general business.
No, not medical marijuana! That’s on Wednesday night’s agenda. This was a resolution approving an agreement for animal services with the Longmont Humane Society (LHS). Turns out we were well under the budgeted $3000! Everyone was happy about that, and Kim Aught, from LHS explained the in and outs of picking up strays, sheltering them till they are reunited with their owners, the cost involved, spay and neutering, rabies shots, micro-chipping, etc. When she asked if Lyons had a “pet-licensing program,” that brought a few snickers from several people present. Aught suggested that Longmont is considering a program that will incorporate a micro-chip with a license, thus allowing the animal control officers to scan the animal, ascertain the address of the owner right from the field, and return the animal to its rightful owner without having to bring it to the shelter. She noted that a similar program in Calgary has met with great success.
During Trustee reports, Trustee Ed Bruder told the Board that a driver has been found for the Golden Gang (GG). He also reported that the price for lunch meals at the Walt Self Senior Center has been reduced to $2.75 in the hopes of getting greater participation. The GG also asks that those planning to have lunch let Mary Lou know they will be attending at least 24 hours in advance. The number to call and leave a message is (303) 823-6386. Trustee Cathy Jacobson reported that there are multiple openings on the Library Board (3 to 5) and that interesting things are in the planning stages. Anyone who feels they would like to be part of the process, should contact Town Hall at (303) 823-6622, or stop by with a letter of interest.
Administrator Victoria Simonsen announced that Clerk/Treasurer Deb Anthony had taken the necessary classes, and passed the required tests to receive the certification of Master Clerk, one of only a handful of Clerks in Colorado with that designation. Congratulations! Town Engineer Jim Blankenship had been selected to receive the American Public Works Association Award for small community engineering projects (the reconstruction of Main Street), also congratulations. The BOT then went into executive session, to discuss the Board’s performance evaluation and contract renewal negotiations for Simonsen, who has now been on board for nearly a year. Following the executive session, the meeting was adjourned.