By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
No one got married at the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting Monday night, but the Trustees and Staff did say good-bye to Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Kevin Parker (the old) who in his last duty as Supervisor introduced the Board to his replacement, Sgt. Nick Goldberger (the new). Parker then made his exit, and Goldberger gave his first report to the Trustees. He reported that he had been on the new job for just under one day, and therefore didn’t have much to report.
Under the hat of the Liquor Authority, it was then on to granting Town of Lyons a special event permit to host the next Chamber of Commerce social at the skating rink in Meadow Park. Since there is traditionally beer and wine served at these functions, and since it is being held in a Town park, the permit was needed. The measure was approved in short order with a 7 to 0 vote.
During the first reading of an ordinance to amend the zoning regulations to create a site plan review process; Town Planner Bob Joseph walked the Board through a presentation of a three tiered review process. The “bookends,” as Joseph referred to them were the lowest (least complicated to obtain) end approval, or a building permit. This is what Lyons currently employs, and covers the usual repairs, replacements, or remodel for an existing home, i.e. new roof or deck, replacement of a furnace or water heater, relocation of plumbing or electrical, knocking out and reconfiguring of current interior walls, remodeling the basement, etc. The applicant would simply submit the plans, pay the associated fees, and get the work inspected when the job was finished. On the higher (more complex) end of the scale would be a development plan. This would be triggered if the project involved a housing development, an increase in the existing foot print of a building, changes in weight bearing exterior walls, or realignment to the roof or pitch thereof, changes in sewer or utility lines, the modification of more than six rooms to an existing structure, etc. These sorts of situations would require a notice to affected neighbors, a public hearing, and approval by the appropriate boards or commissions (PCDC, or Board of Adjustments) and could be appealed to the BOT. The middle level, would be the site plan review, and would be apply to projects that were outside of the normal building permit process, but not yet up to level three, i.e. an additional bathroom that might or might not be above the “blue line” (the elevation that the Town can provide water service), ridgeline development, or exterior changes to impair or impact neighbors like trees, fences, etc. The Trustees went to great lengths to try and make the wording simple, yet unambiguous. The ordinance passed at first reading (7 to 0), and the second reading and public hearing will be held at the next BOT meeting on Tuesday, February 19 (Monday, February 18, is Presidents’ Day).
The first reading of an amendment to the recently passed “recreational marijuana” business license moratorium was next up. At issue was the addition of “marijuana clubs” (social clubs for the smoking of marijuana have sprung up in various municipalities around Colorado since the passing of amendment 64 in November) to the restricted “new businesses that sell, cultivate, test, or manufacture marijuana products” clause. This amendment was added to the Lyons ordinance at the suggestion of Town Attorney Tim Cox, who used wording examples from other municipalities (something borrowed) who have run up against this previously unanticipated issue. This item also passed unanimously.
The second reading and public hearing for the allocation and use of Colorado Big Thompson Project water shares (something blue) by the Town of Lyons was the fourth issue of the group. This was as Town Clerk Deb Anthony explained, “a housekeeping item that is dealt with every year, in order to transfer temporary water shares to permanent status.” Again the vote was seven zip.
Moving on, the Board then addressed the first reading of an ordinance that would pave the way for “customer-owned non-residential generation of electricity.” In other words, net metering, which would allow users who generate electricity through solar panels to “sell back” to the grid. It passed on first reading, and the Trustees asked Staff and various commissions to gather more information about actual base rates, and buy back prices etc. This too will be up for second reading and public hearing at the February 19 BOT meeting.
The consent agenda, consisting of the January 22 BOT meeting minutes and the February 2013 accounts payable was passed in a, you guessed it, 7 to 0 vote. The Trustees gave their reports, and agreed to postpone a special orientation meeting for all boards, committees, and commissions, to give all members a refresher on meeting procedures and protocols, and to receive proposed “to do” lists for the coming year from the various groups. During Staff reports, Administrator Victoria Simonsen told the Board that she had received approximately twenty-one applications for the advertised position of Director of Finance (the previous Director resigned in mid-December of 2012). Simonsen also took the opportunity to give Clerk Deb Anthony an “atta girl” for picking up of the slack since mid-December. Simonsen said that she had the list winnowed down to about five candidates, and would begin the labor intensive task of “checking on recommendations and qualifications.”
The Mayor then asked for a motion to adjourn, and it was so.