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 Board of Trustees (BOT) met for the third time in April on Monday night to consider approving a couple of special event liquor licenses.
The meeting got underway promptly at 7 p.m., with the usual pledge of allegiance, a moment of reflective silence, and audience business. By 7:03 p.m., the Board had switched hats and became the Lyons Liquor Authority. The first item on the agenda was from the Ukraine Orphanage
Outreach Program. They will be holding a fundraising event this weekend at Lionscrest Manor here in Lyons, and needed a special permit that will allow them to sell beer and wine at their function.
After a short presentation by organizer Kelly Schwalbert of Johnstown, and a few questions from the Trustees, the special event permit was approved in a six to zero vote (Trustee Dawn Weller was not present).
The second permit was for the Town of Lyons, in conjunction with the Lyons Outdoor Games and the Burning Can Festival. Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen told the Board that the Town would receive one hundred percent of the net beer sales after the organizers had paid for beer garden staff expenses (bar tenders, servers, etc.). Simonsen also notified the Trustees that there would be a live concert on Friday night (from 8 to 10:30 p.m.) in Bohn Park as part of the Outdoor Games festivities. There was a discussion about positioning the stage so the sound is directed away from the residential neighborhoods, no “early” morning announcements and music on the day of the games, preventing parking in the neighborhoods, and the boundaries of the beer sales and consumption. Trustee Connie Sullivan voiced her concern that the noise levels of the concert could have adverse implications for future events in the park, and suggested that the neighbors be informed so they could plan accordingly. Simonsen assured her that in addition to positioning the stage, they would arrange a contact person at the event in case the volume needed to be decreased, have “last song and last call” at 10 p.m., anticipating the crowd’s desire for the obligatory encore song, so that things could indeed be rapped up by 10:30 p.m. Trustee LaVern Johnson (a noted party animal who has never passed up a concert or square dance in Lyons) opined that, “People should realize they live next to a park where there will be events held. The park was already there when they built or bought their home.” With that said, the Board approved the special beer license unanimously.
At 7:18 p.m., a motion was made to adjourn the meeting and conduct a BOT workshop to discuss Board priorities and an implementation schedule for the Town of Lyons Comp Plan.