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) spent a little over an hour and a half in a workshop Monday evening, hammering out their final (hopefully) strategies for the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Boulder County. The presentation by Staff included colored maps, keys, and lively discussions. At stake are what properties will be in the “primary planning area,” which ones will be in the “secondary planning area,” who will have “influence over what,” who gets “veto power over whom,” and “how long” the term of the IGA will be. Then they started their regular meeting.
Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Kevin Parker reported that things continued to be slow around town. He then commended Town Clerk Deb Anthony for helping a Lyons resident who was in distress. It seems Anthony was concerned about the “tone” of a message on her office answering machine when she came into work. She reported to Parker that, “It just doesn’t sound right, just a little bit off.” Parker sent officers to the home to do a welfare check on the gentleman. When they got no response from a knock on the door, they were able to gain access to the house and found the resident collapsed on the floor, apparently having been there overnight. Medical assistance was called, and Parker was pleased to report the man is doing okay. Big kudos all around for Ms. Anthony!
The Board then turned themselves into the Liquor Authority, and approved special liquor licenses for serving wine at the four quarterly art shows held in Town Hall each year. Another item, that would have authorized the Staff to process special events permits with BOT notification, was tabled to a date uncertain. Then it was time for the Trustees to turn themselves into the Medical Marijuana Authority, to discuss a time line for medical marijuana business closures in the event that an ordinance banning such businesses passes at the April 3 voter referendum. Trustee Ed Bruder opined that 90 days seemed to be the norm, citing examples in Ft. Collins, Longmont, and other municipalities. He made points about State regulations that don’t allow for businesses to “be in limbo,” and the timing of businesses being able to apply to relocate once a ban has been enacted. And he also mentioned the lag time that is needed when municipal governments only meet once every two weeks. Mayor Julie Van Domelen cautioned about the expectations of the public if the ban passes. She worried that those voting to ban might expect that the closures would occur immediately. There was also a discussion about whether or not there would need to be a 30-day waiting period before the ban went into effect, since this was a voter referendum, and not a Board driven ordinance. Trustee Kathy Carroll commented that the Board had given Headquarters six months to move, and then granted them an extension when things bumped up against the holidays, so “out of fairness” she didn’t see the need to close them immediately. Van Domelen was still leery, citing the difference between a “Board action,” and a ”voter referendum.” In the end, it was agreed that the businesses would have 90 days to close and relocate in the event that the ban passes.
Now it was time for the Medical Marijuana Authority to turn back into the BOT. Having done so, they quickly dispatched with the consent agenda, consisting of the minutes from the February 6 BOT meeting and the February accounts payable. Also passing quickly: a resolution of intent to annex certain properties in Boulder County into the Town of Lyons. In this case, the property is the “motel” between Diamond Shamrock and the Blue Mountain Stone yard, which is owned by the Vasquez family. This starts the annexation process; there will be a first reading on March 19, and a second reading with a public hearing scheduled for April 2. There will also be a PCDC public hearing for the Vasquez annexation on March 19.
The Trustees still were not happy with the language of an ordinance to grant out-of-town users and the Lyons Fire Protection District an $8 reduction on their water rates. The Board wanted it to read as a flat deduction on the base rate, but because of a “1.5 multiplier” for said users, they would actually get a $12 reduction, and the Trustees expressed that that wasn’t their intent. The ordinance went back to Town Attorney Tim Cox to be reworked.
Three resolutions supporting the pursuit of grant applications by the Parks & Recreation Department were approved. The first was for money for the purchase of the “ten acre option” at the south end of Bohn Park. The second was for funding of the proposed “Lyons River Corridor Parkway.” The third was to seek money to resurface the multi-sport (tennis, basketball, pickleball, and shuffleboard) court in Bohn Park.
It was a night for resolutions, as still another was passed to approve the annual agreement for animal services with the Longmont Humane Society, and yet another was approved between Browns Hill Engineering and the Town of Lyons for a computer/software upgrade for the HAPS/SCADA system. That’s the system that monitors and regulates the pressure and flow for the Town’s drinking water.
The Trustees then took turns giving their reports, and then the Staff gave theirs. Clerk Deb Anthony gave the Board an update on how many petitions have been pulled for the Mayor and Trustee races (see story in this edition), and Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen informed the Board that there would be a community bonfire in Bohn Park on Saturday evening, April 14, to dispose of all the tree branches that have come down over the last few months (and even more the last few days!). The event will coincide with the Lyons Community Foundation’s Spring Social, so there will be live music, snacks (s’mores), beverages, kid’s games, etc. She also notified everyone that there will be a Spring Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The clock was now pushing 10 p.m., and since most everyone had been there for four and a half hours, it was decided it might be a good time to adjourn and go home.