By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.Things sped along at a pretty good pace at Monday night’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. Sgt. Kevin Parker, Lyons Substation Supervisor of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, reported that things went very smoothly at last weekend’s Lyons Outdoor Games. He told the Board that despite the large turnout, there were “no calls relating to the event over the weekend.” He also informed the Trustees that the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office had expanded the fire ban to all parts of Boulder County to include all outdoor fires/burning, charcoal grills, as well as a total ban on fireworks. Considering what is going on up near Ft. Collins, seems like the prudent thing to do.
During audience business, a Lyons resident informed the Trustees that he had been attacked and bitten (he rolled up his pant leg to show the broken skin) by a dog off-leash while jogging through Bohn Park on Sunday. He added that this was not the only time he has been harassed by dogs off-leash in and around town, and asked if perhaps the Town and law enforcement would consider enforcing their leash laws with the same enthusiasm as they put into the enforcement of speeding and parking violations. All the appropriate people showed the appropriate concern for this transgression, and Administrator Victoria Simonsen felt that it was an “education” problem, and suggested that flyers be put up around town, and notice be added to the utility bills. Trustee LaVern Johnson piped in about the non-compliance of dog owners within Lyons to register their animals. So transgressing dog owners, consider yourselves warned!
A request by Headquarters, a medical marijuana center, to relocate from the old Red Hill Motorcycle WERX building)to the Lyons Village Central Plaza (in the old Lyons Indoor Gardening space, and part of the former Brightwood Music Store) was unanimously approved (6 - 0, Trustee Kirk Udovich was out of town) after a short (about nine minutes) discussion. So, too, was the second reading (with public hearing) of an ordinance restricting the use of private grills and/or propane camping stoves in Bohn and Meadow Parks (except for people camping in designated camp sites).
The first reading of an amendment to an ordinance about two-hour parking limits was passed without too much discussion. Basically, you can expect to get a ticket on Main Street if you park longer than two hours on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), and holidays, between May 1 and September 30, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., that is, of course, as long as the Community Service Officers aren’t busy chasing down unleashed dogs.
The consent agenda, consisting of the June accounts payable, the May 21 BOT meeting minutes, and the March financials was approved with little or no discussion.
Then it was on to general business. It was at this point that things started to bog down. Jim Busby, president of the Lyons Youth Baseball/Softball Association (LYBSA), asked the Board to consider an exemption to the weekend parking fees for all his coaches, parents, and volunteers during games, tournaments, and practices. Several options were batted (pun intended) around, with the most agreeable being the unlocking of the gate for parking in the dirt field to the south of the ball fields, and the issuing of “day of” parking permits for the above mentioned entities. It will be done on a trial basis for the rest of the season, with a “debriefing” as to the effectiveness of the plan sometime in mid August. Busby also requested that the parking tickets that a few of the volunteers had incurred recently be waived by the Town. Mayor Julie Van Domelen informed Busby that he was “talking to the wrong people,” and he would have to take the matter up with the municipal judge and prosecutor. She wished him good-luck, and added, “I’ve had a few parking tickets of my own that I couldn’t get waived.”
Next up was a public hearing regarding the “Sunset Clause” review of the municipal code, concerning the licensing of medical marijuana businesses. Van Domelen reminded the Board that this was not to revoke, but rather to revisit how things are working out with staff, etc. Staff didn’t cite any big problems (they did suggest that a modest relocation fee be added to the ordinance) and there was no one in the audience who wanted to talk on the subject (in fact, at this point, there was only one person in the audience, and he was waiting patiently to discuss the next agenda item), so it seems things are going along in a swell manner, and hopefully this item won’t need to be discussed for some time (until next Monday).
The final item under general business was a discussion regarding the formation of an Urban Renewal Authority (a kind of tool for the Town/developers to defray up front costs for future development by using tax increment financing). It’s all pretty complicated, and not everybody was up to speed on the ramifications. Simonsen informed the Board that it would take approximately $1500 “to get the ball rolling” as well as a petition signed by 25 citizens, and then a consultant would have to be hired to conduct a feasibility study, and draw up boundaries for the district(s) (this would cost another $20,000 to $25,000). Van Domelen, Simonsen, and Economic Development/Community Relations Manager Jacque Watson tried to lay it all out and explain it to the BOT, and Tom Douglas, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee (the lone person still in the audience), informed the Trustees that his group was recommending that they go forward with the proposal. After much discussion, when a visibly frustrated Van Domelen called for a show of hands as to who wanted to direct staff to proceed with getting the “ball rolling,” only herself and Trustees Dawn Weller and Dan Greenberg were on board. Trustees Sandy Banta, Connie Sullivan, and Johnson remained hesitant. With only three in favor of directing staff to continue (Van Domelen openly rued the fact that Udovich was out of town), it was decided to organize another workshop on the matter, and hope that everyone attended this time.
Trustee and Staff reports were given. Weller reported that ridership on the new weekend bus between Boulder and Lyons was going well, but not so the numbers on the Longmont/Lyons line (the YL). She also mentioned the problem of only having the capacity for two bicycles on the bus bike rack, and the perils of having to depend on the “mood” of the driver as to whether or not extra bikes would be allowed in the bus during transit. Schedules and calendars were then compared for possible dates for upcoming workshops, and the meeting was adjourned.