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) held a workshop Monday evening to go over the design standards suggested by the Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) for Commercial Eastern Corridor and other commercial areas in Lyons, with the exception of the core downtown business district (Main/High Street between Third and Fifth Avenues). The Trustees only got through about half the document, which is being fine tuned for a first and second reading including a public hearing later this summer (most likely late July or early August). The design standards will encompass, among other things, parking, lighting, designated percentages of green space within a project, landscaping, environmental concerns, and architectural details. The next scheduled workshop on this matter is scheduled for Monday, June 24 in Town Hall.
Also on the evening’s agenda was a special meeting to amend the contract with Loris Engineering, the firm that designed and implemented the facelift of Main Street back in 2009/10. They have also been awarded the contract to do the redesign of the next Main Street project from the Stone Canyon/McConnell Bridge intersection to the Bank of the West (Main Street and Third Avenue), which is currently in the design phase.
Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen asked for the special meeting because during recent discussions with representatives from Loris, she was advised that if the data from a recently proposed storm drainage study turns out as they (Loris) believe it will, it could realize the Town a $40,000 savings on the cost of the overall project. Not only would this mean that a smaller, less costly storm drain pipe could be used, but it might also enable the project to cover the drainage ditch that currently runs down the south side of Main from near the Fire Station to the Black Bear Hole parking lot, which could increase parking and perhaps enhance a median strip in that area as well. The proposed study would cost approximately $10,000 (for a potential net savings of $30,000), which is over the $5,000 spending limit that Simonsen can authorize without Board approval; hence the need for the special meeting. The Trustees agreed to amend the contract.