With a very light agenda, icy roads, and no medical marijuana items to be discussed, the entire audience at Monday night’s Board of Trustees’ (BOT) meeting was made up of: two representatives from the local media, two gentlemen from Excel Energy who were there to answer questions about a proposed gas franchise ordinance, and two ladies who apparently felt this meeting would be more interesting than staying home and watching Dancing With The Stars. The ladies were wrong.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, a reflective moment of silence, an announcement that Sgt. Kevin Parker wouldn’t be in attendance because of a school function, and an “audience business” with no audience business, it was on to the public hearing and second reading for the aforementioned gas franchise ordinance. The public wasn’t interested, there weren’t many questions, and after a few moments, Excel Energy was awarded a twenty-year franchise agreement with the Town of Lyons in a 7-0 vote. Next up was the consent agenda consisting of the February accounts payable, and the February 21 BOT meeting minutes. Nothing much to discuss there, it passed 6-0 (Mayor Julie Van Domelen abstained because she was not present at the February 21 meeting).
Then it was on to the general business. Four resolutions: one to approve an agreement for professional services with Town Planner Danna Ortiz, whose new company will be called Planit LLC; a second to accept the public improvements for Lyons Valley Park, filing #8, phase 1; a third to accept/approve the final Main Street Project reconstruction and enhancements; and the last to accept/approve the Broadway and 3rd Avenue Safe Routes Project. All passed, 7-0.
The Trustees gave their reports, the Staff gave theirs, and the Trustees and Staff then went into executive session to discuss strategies for amending the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Boulder County. Upon coming out of the executive session (by which time everyone had left, probably to go home and watch a “Tevo-ed” Dancing With The Stars) the BOT instructed Administrator Victoria Simonsen to get on the County’s agenda to discuss the proposed IGA amendments, and set a timetable for finally getting this issue resolved. Basically the BOT wants three properties (the Hawkins property, Gwynne’s Greenhouse, and the decommissioned water treatment plants east of town) to be included into the Lyons Planning Area to facilitate future annexation. End of meeting.