By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.Talk about your boring meetings. The Board of Trustees’ (BOT) meeting on Monday night had absolutely no pizzazz. It was like watching paint dry. Trustee Kathy Carroll was absent, and Mayor Pro-Tem Kirk Udovich arrived late. Other than that, no surprises or controversies, and every vote was unanimous.
Sgt. Kevin Parker, Boulder County Substation Commander, reported that some vandals had been caught in the act, spray-painting graffiti in Meadow Park. He also mentioned that there had been some vandalism at the kayak park near October Hole (he wasn’t sure if the two incidents were related). Mayor Julie Van Domelen piped up that there had also been some graffiti on the clarifier over the last week.
The Board, acting as the local Liquor Licensing Authority, approved the transfer of Ma’s Pizza liquor license to the new owner, Gavin Moore, who has changed the name of the restaurant to Pizza Bar 66 (after Colorado Rte. 66) and will be making other changes to the establishment as well. No one spoke during audience business; in fact there was nobody in the audience (they must have all been watching the Giants play the Rams). The consent agenda, consisting of only the September 6 BOT meeting minutes, was passed, as were three resolutions: the first, establishing an “Arts and Cultural” section to the Lyons Parks & Recreation Department for the purpose of securing future grants and funding for the Lyons Arts and Humanities Council; the second, accepting the public improvements of the Turner/Reed Plat Amendment, Plan B (four building lots and a house just off 1st Avenue that a bank had foreclosed on); and the third, accepting the public improvements of a west Evans St. sanitation line (a wastewater pipeline that was put in just west of Highway 7, after the bridge).
During an update on the status of the DRCOG TIP grant for the Main Street enhancements (from Stone Canyon/McConnell Bridge intersection to 3rd Avenue) Town Engineer Jim Blankenship reported that wheels of progress for these multi-agency (Town of Lyons, Boulder County, State of Colorado, Federal Government) grind at a glacial pace. Due to engineering time constraints, regulations, and land acquisition negotiations, it doesn’t look like the purposed traffic signal at the bottom of Stone Canyon will go in until sometime between early 2014 and early 2015. This did not sit well with anyone on the Board, but especially with Trustee Ed Bruder, who worked very hard (video taping the intersection, and pushing CDOT for a new warrant study, etc.) to get the promised light, and was hoping that it would be done in 2012 at the latest. Both he and the Mayor peppered Blankenship and Administrator Victoria Simonsen about ways that at least the light might be installed before the rest of the project was completed. No matter how they tried to phrase or re-phrase the questions, using different scenarios, the answer always came back “No.” At best, Blankenship said with all variables falling into place, they might be able to push the end date up by a month or two. The news of this latest delay left Bruder visibly frustrated.
During Trustee reports, Van Domelen notified the Board that she had appointed Kathleen Crane to the Library Board, and Brian Erley to the Planning and Community Development Commission. When Simonsen gave her Staff report, it was learned that Cam’s Cable was in the process of trying to sell the franchise that served the Town of Lyons (after being awarded the franchise last year). She said no qualified buyer has come forth yet, and if no one is found, Lyons’ customers could lose their cable T.V. service.
The meeting was then adjourned, and everyone went home to catch the end of the MNF (Monday Night Football).