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 Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) had a light agenda Tuesday night (they met on Tuesday because Monday was Labor Day), but they made up for it with a ninety minute workshop on the wastewater treatment plant upgrade. The Trustees heard progress reports from the Wastewater Treatment Facility Task Force, an ad hoc committee made up of Utility & Engineer Board, Sustainable Futures Commission members Town of Lyons staff, and Honeywell Engineering. Things are apparently
progressing well, and everyone seemed pleased as the workshop broke up.
Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Nick Goldberger of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported that things had been quiet in town and at the parks over the holiday weekend. He noted that a few businesses in town were still receiving counterfeit money, despite that fact that several arrests have been made in nearby municipalities. He advised everyone to continue to be vigilant. Mayor Julie Van Domelen queried Goldberger as to whether officers had “walked” through the park during the Labor Day weekend and had any tickets for off-leash dogs, liquor consumption, etc. been issued. He responded that the deputies patrol the parking lots, and occasionally walk through the park. He added that the Community Service Officers will also occasionally walk through the parks, too. Van Domelen remained skeptical, and noted that although she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the parks, every time she goes into either Bohn or Meadow she sees dogs off-leash and other violations of park rules. The Mayor also asked Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen about the status of a no smoking in the park ordinance that was discussed at an earlier meeting. Simonsen indicated that there might already be such an ordinance on the books, and that she would follow up on it.
Library Steering Committee Chairman Mark Browning reported to the Board that earlier in the day, both the Larimer and Boulder County Commissions had voted three to zero in favor of creating a Lyons Library District, and putting the question of funding the district through a mil levy property tax on the November 2013 ballot. The Trustees also approved two resolutions concerning the new district. The first was to appoint a replacement Trustee for the Library Board, and the second was to slightly revise the district boundaries (on the Larimer County side) to exclude a few houses that are in a Berthoud Library District.
Acting as the Lyons Liquor Licensing Authority, the Board approved a request for a special events permit for the Devil Dash event in Bohn Park on Saturday, September 14. Simonsen informed the Board that the event would be pretty much the same as last year, except that it would only be a one day event this year. It will take place from around 7 a.m. (for registration, etc.) until around 4 p.m. She said there would be no “amplified sound” until after 8 a.m., and that in addition to the 5K obstacle race course, there would be live music, food vendors, and a beer garden. Simonsen estimated that there might be as many as 3,000 participants for the event, and said that the Parks & Rec. Department could realize as much as $4,500 to $6,000 in revenues (fees plus 50% of parking and beer sales).
There was no one present for audience business, and the consent agenda, consisting of the August 19, BOT meeting minutes, the September accounts payable, and the July financials, was approved after Trustee Connie Sullivan asked for a little clarification on the wording of the minutes.
During Trustee reports, it was learned that Colorado State Senator Rollie Heath will visit Lyons for a little question/answer session with the voters about some education funding issues. He will be at The Stone Cup & Kitchen on Tuesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Administrator Simonsen also reported that the Town had closed on the Hains property (the house near the swimming hole in Meadow Park) last week, and that she and the Mayor had conducted a walk-through of the property on Friday. Both Van Domelen and Simonsen were excited about the possibilities that the new addition will mean to the park. On that note, the meeting was adjourned.