By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.Monday night’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting didn’t get started until about forty-five minutes after its scheduled 7 p.m. starting time. The reason? The Trustees, staff, and about a dozen representatives and consultants from the Utilities & Engineering Board (UEB), the Sustainable Future Commission (SFC), the Colorado Energy Office
(CEO), and Honeywell Engineering held a workshop where they tussled with the options and their recommendations and ideas on how to best go forward with the relocation/replacement/refurbishment of the wastewater treatment plant. The UEB recommended option two, building a new and more efficient wastewater plant at the present site. This was approximately 4+ million dollars cheaper than option three; building a new plant in a new location (presumably east of Lyons where the decommissioned Longmont water facilities now sit). And about 1.5 million dollars more than option one, retro fitting and repairing the present plant to make it more efficient (comes with some possible, negative long range maintenance and operation implications). If approved by the BOT, moving forwardw ith a specified option would make Honeywell the general contractor for the project, and they would guarantee the cost for the construction and the generated efficiency savings; while the CEO (formerly the Governor’s Energy Office) would act on the Town of Lyons behalf to oversee and approve all the contracts and sub-contracts for the project. The SFC is expected to look at the information at a meeting this Thursday, and be ready sometime early in the New Year with their recommendations. Honeywell, in order to meet various deadlines for possible funding grants, would like to have this decided by late January or early February.
Sgt. Kevin Parker, Lyons Substation Supervisor, again reported that things have been “pretty quiet here in Lyons.” He did note that in light of last Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut, the School Resource Officer and other Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies were maintaining a presence at the local schools, in hopes of reassuring students and faculty. This led to a discussion by the Trustees, Parker, and Town Attorney Tim Cox about what can be done at a local municipal level to stop this kind of violence and insanity. It was noted that most, if not all, attempts at gun control or restrictions at the local level have been overridden by the higher courts. Cox said that he would look into the possibilities and report back to the Board.
Without much discussion among themselves, nor any comment from the public (who wasn’t present), the Trustees approved a temporary moratorium for the issuance of business licenses in the Town of Lyons for the testing, manufacturing, growing, or retailing of marijuana, pursuant to the recently approved Amendment 64. This moratorium, as it now stands, will last until ninety days after such time as the State of Colorado enacts its regulations concerning the issue (present State deadline is July 1, 2013). So, the Trustees now have until late September of 2013 to figure out what the State is going to do about regulations, and what kind of rules and regulation the Town of Lyons would like to put in place. Sounds like they’ll have a busy summer.
The first reading of an ordinance to increase electric service rates was continued until the January 7, 2013 BOT meeting, with direction to Staff to get more information from the MEAN (Municipal Electrical Association of Nebraska) representative about costs, justifications, and methodology for the proposed rate increase. The consent agenda, consisting of the December 3, BOT meeting minutes, the December 10, special BOT meeting minutes, the December accounts payable, the October financials, the approval of a contract to conduct a fiscal year ending audit and comprehensive annual financial report, and a letter of support to submit a USDA solid waste (recycling) grant, was approved.
The Trustees and Staff then gave their reports. Administrator Victoria Simonsen told the Board that she would be posting a classified ad to fill the position of Finance Director, after accepting the resignation of Jody McClurkin last Thursday (December 13) afternoon. She advised the BOT that past experience indicated it would probably take about two months to find a replacement, and asked for the Trustees patience in the mean time. The Board then went into executive session to discuss real estate negotiations regarding the decommissioned Longmont water treatment plant properties; after which, the meeting was adjourned.