By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
Because of the unrelenting snow Monday night, the Mayor juggled the items on the Board of Trustees (BOT) agenda to allow those who had to drive through the storm to get done first and get home. Your intrepid journalist, who only had to drive five blocks through the mess, was not one of the fortunate few.
Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Nick Goldberger reported, “Besides the snow and the elk that were spotted outside of Town Hall, everything was pretty normal in Lyons.” Believe it or not, no citizens braved the tempest to participate in audience business, so that was “skipped over.” It was then on to the approval of a special event permit by the Town of Lyons for a “Diva Dash” 5K race event to be held in Bohn Park on Saturday, May 4. Town
Administrator Victoria Simonsen explained to the Board that the event would run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and there could be as many as 3,500 participants. She added that the Town would generate approximately $3,000 in fees, and would also garner one hundred percent of all beer sales during the event. Event organizers would be responsible for supplying deputies, security, and parking staff, and would run the event from start to finish. The Board was pleased with the arrangements, and passed the request unanimously (6 to 0, Trustee Connie Sullivan was out of town), after a quick discussion. The consent agenda, consisting of the April 1 BOT meeting minutes and the April 2013 accounts payable, was also passed without further adieu. The first reading of an ordinance to add a “location and extent” review process for public facilities projects for the Town of Lyons was continued until the May 6, BOT meeting, as was the second reading and public hearing for an ordinance concerning the immobilization and impounding (boot or tow) of motor vehicles in Lyons.
The Trustees also agreed to move forward with the efforts by the Library District steering committee with the formation of a district, with the goal of getting a voter referendum to finance the District on the November 2013 ballot. Simonsen noted that the District would encompass an area similar to the one that makes up the Lyons Fire Protection District (with an added area out near the CEMEX plant). It would include all residents of Lyons and about 1,200 residents who reside in parts of Boulder and Larimer Counties, and would need a stamp of approval by both the Larimer and Boulder County Commissions.
The Library District steering committee will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, April 25, in the common room of the Lyons Valley Village complex (197 Second Avenue, next to the entrance to Bohn Park) at 7 p.m., to present the initial phase of a report on the proposed new library/community center. Roger Thorp, the library expert from Estes Park who was retained to do a study of the new library facility, is completing the first phase of his report (dealing with possible size and components of a new facility) and will present it for public questions and input at that time. The community will have an opportunity to hear for themselves the distillation of the results from community surveys, including thoughts regarding the scale of the facility, potential hiring needs, desired activities and attractions, and projected amenities. Everyone in the community is urged to attend and participate in this important public meeting.
The Board also heard and discussed a report by a representative from Honeywell on the flood plain issues and mitigation options concerning the purposed upgrade for the wastewater treatment plant. There will be a public open house on the subject to be scheduled in May.
The Trustees voted to allocate $12,500 of matching funds toward a grant from Boulder County for the creation of a sustainability plan for the Town of Lyons. The money would come from various funds (5K from the water fund, 3K from the sewer fund, 1K from the electric fund, 1K from the general fund, and 2.5K of “in kind” from the salary of the Town’s Staff).
During Staff reports, Administrator Simonsen informed the Board that Lyons’ “clean up day” would be held on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mayor Julie Van Domelen (and other Trustees seemed to concur) was “a little miffed” when it was learned from Trustee LaVern Johnson that the Parks & Rec. Department and the Parks & Rec. Commission had decided to again push the moving of the skate park behind other projects (a new ball field in Bohn Park, a kids’ water feature, a new Parks & Rec. brochure, and possible camping in Bohn Park). Van Domelen grilled Simonsen as to whether the Commission was unaware, or just choosing to ignore, the Board’s stated desire to have the moving of the skate park considered a priority. She reminded Simonsen that the Economic Development Commission had also recommended the same thing as a way to increase downtown parking. And the Mayor added that if things progressed in a positive manner concerning the Library District, the present location of the skate park could be critical for future plans. She was not pleased to hear that the item had been pushed back to 2015!
Just when things were starting to get interesting. . . The meeting was adjourned!