In connection with a proposed new Lyons Library District, a special joint session of the Boulder and Larimer County Commissions is being scheduled in Lyons on Thursday, August 29. The session is tentatively set for 5 p.m., in the Board of Trustees’ Chamber at Lyons Town Hall.
The idea for this unique joint Commission meeting was suggested by Larimer County Commissioners at a July 9 meeting in Fort Collins with representatives from the Lyons Library Steering Committee and Town of Lyons. Making the Library District hearing
more accessible to Lyons-area residents was the basis for the joint meeting suggestion. The availability of “good BBQ” in Lyons was also mentioned by one commissioner.
The Lyons representatives enthusiastically supported the idea, and discussions promptly followed with Boulder County to determine if a date could be found when both Commissions could meet at once; August 29, was the first available date.
If both County Commissions approve the formation of a new library district, a new library district board of trustees will likely meet the first week of September to formally request that a tax mill measure be put on the November ballot in both counties to fund the district. The formation of a district, and the proposed tax mill (a maximum of 5.85 mills) measure were approved by a Town of Lyons resolution on April 15.
The library steering committee has been working diligently for almost two years to bring the district formation and voting issues before both County Commissions. Preliminary information meetings have been held with both Counties, and ballot language is currently being worked out with both County Attorneys’ offices.
“This is a pretty tight timetable, but it should be workable,” said Steering Committee Chair Mark Browning. “We’re very pleased that both County Commissions have agreed to consider these matters in time to submit a ballot measure to voters this fall. And we’re thrilled that the Commissioners will have the opportunity to visit Lyons, see the current library facility, and receive input from Lyons residents.”
Details about the proposed new Lyons Library District may be found at the Steering Committee’s website: www.theheartoflyons.org.