They also got an update from Administrator Victoria Simonsen on the ongoing negotiations and strategies for the amending of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Boulder County concerning the expansion of the Lyons Planning Area. The feeling is that the Boulder County Staff continues to “throw curveballs” at the Lyons negotiating team: adding new demands after issues have seemingly been covered and agreed upon, continuing to re-enter unacceptable language into the agreement after it has been deleted, making statements about landowners desires, which don’t jibe with what the landowners tell officials from Lyons, and generally sowing the seeds of distrust for the County’s true motives. This led outgoing PCDC Chairman Jeff Cornell to state, “We are going to a gunfight with a knife in our hands.” He advised Simonsen to start compiling a list of these transgressions, and give it to the Town’s lawyer in case legal action is necessary. Simonsen expressed her frustration and admitted that efforts to get on the Boulder County Commissioner’s meeting agenda have proven fruitless, and indicated that if things didn’t improve, the next step might be for a group of Lyons officials to attend (uninvited) a Boulder County Commissioner’s meeting and air their grievances during general business or citizens to be heard. I’ll gladly attend that meeting!
Simonsen also updated the Commissioners on the recent public meetings with the medical marijuana center owners, their landlords, and private citizens (see article in this edition) to discuss the several different issues the Town has control over concerning zoning and regulation, or the possible option of an outright ban. She also informed the PCDC that there would be a third meeting to finish covering issues not touched upon in the first two meetings, and to allow comments about the issue in general. This meeting would be held on Wednesday, January 26 (last night, will be covered in next week’s edition).
On a happier, less controversial note, Simonsen announced that when the Lyons contingency went to Denver to accept the Construction and Engineering Award from the American Public Works Association for the Main Street Project, they were informed that the project had also been honored as Project of the Year for the entire State of Colorado! Kudos for all involved. That makes three awards (the Governor’s Award last November) for one project. The “bling” just keeps rollin’ in! The final item on the agenda was the approval of the January 10 meeting minutes, which not unexpectedly, was approved without much ado. The meeting was adjourned, and everyone went out into the frosty evening.