By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
Apparently the phone lines and cyberspace at Town Hall were filled with “mixed” reviews concerning the weekend’s Lyons Outdoor Games on Monday. Some thought the event was “bigger and better than ever,” while others feared for their lives (and the well being of their pets) because of the fireworks, loud music, and rowdy behavior. According to Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen, she, Town Staff, and event organizers will be sitting down sometime next week to “debrief” and try to determine what worked well, and what needs to be adjusted. They
will definitely have their work cut out for themselves, and let’s hope they come up with some workable solutions because Good Old Days will take place later this month (again in Bohn Park, after three or four years on High Street), and the RockyGrass and FolksFest are scheduled for July and August respectively (the festivals will be at Planet Bluegrass, but there will be parking and camping in Bohn and Meadow Parks). Plus there are a couple of other race events scheduled for Bohn Park later this summer and fall. Heavy is the yoke that weighs upon the shoulders of those who attempt to please everyone.
Somewhat surprisingly, Sgt. Nick Goldberger, Lyons Substation Supervisor, reported to the Board that his office received very few complaints about the Outdoor Games, and issued no disorderly citations or dogs off leash tickets that were directly connected to the event. But, he did report that one dog was hit and killed by a car, and that at least two others ran away because of the fireworks. Goldberger added that there have been a couple of “trespasses” into unlocked cars, and a home break-in in Lyons in recent days, and reminded everyone that despite Lyons being a small town, you still would be well advised to lock your cars and homes to lessen your chances of becoming a victim of mischief. He also added that the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office welcomes reports of suspicious behavior or individuals, no matter how seemingly inconsequential. He suggested people call the non-emergency phone number, which is (303) 441- 4444.
During audience business, there were actually several people who had issues they wanted to address with the Trustees. Several neighbors who live on Stickney Street complained about the condition of the street after the “repairs” were made. The consensus was that it was far worse, especially along the edges, than before the “improvements.” Coincidently, Town Engineer Jim Blankenship was in attendance, and he and the neighbors left the meeting to visit the street in question, and discuss possible solutions to the problems. Ah, small town local government at work. Another gentleman wanted to know how come the fireworks were so loud, and who paid for them. Simonsen explained that although the distances from the firing pad to homes was well beyond recommended industry standards, perhaps the surrounding hills and river contributed to the unexpected volume of the “reports” (the loud gut-wrenching booms). She added that in the future, the Town would consider not including “reports” in the pyrotechnic order. She also explained that the Town paid for the fireworks (last December) for the Christmas Parade of Lights, and then weren’t able to use them because of the fire ban that was in effect.
The Trustees, acting as the Lyons Liquor Authority, approved a special events application request from the Boulder County Arts Alliance to serve liquor at the Lyons Farmette for an upcoming event.
There were public hearings and second readings for one ordinances and a resolution but by now the public had departed. The first resolution was to authorize Staff to apply for a (not to exceed) seven million dollar loan from the State of Colorado for the upgrade/improvements for the wastewater treatment plant. The second concerned the closing of the property fund, and paying off the Post Office property mortgage (about 136K) from the general fund, and using the monthly lease revenues (a little over 8K per month), half to replenish the general fund, and the other half earmarked for the backlog of needed street repair projects. Both ordinances passed with 7 to 0 votes.
The Board then heard a presentation from representatives of the Library Board on the current state of the formation of the new Library District, and possible new library facility. Things are moving along nicely (see article in this edition), and we should be voting on the formation of the district in November.
The consent agenda, consisting of the May 20 BOT meeting minutes and the June 2013 accounts payable, was approved without too much discussion. It was then on to Trustee and Staff reports. There wasn’t a lot to report since last week was Memorial Day, and several Trustees were out of town, and those that were here reported there weren’t a lot of meetings scheduled. However, there was some of discussion about the weekend’s Outdoor Games. Most reported that they had attended the event, and also that they had anecdotal observations (both positive and negative) as well as calls and emails from residents. The Mayor announced that she would be appointing Julie Cimmet and Bob Stuermann to the Library District Board to fill a couple of vacancies, and she would be appointing Perky Hubner and Kate Kerr to fill spots on the Library Advisory Board. The meeting was then adjourned.