In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
Mayor Julie Van Domelen called an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees (BOT) early Monday (September 13) evening. On the agenda, were two items; the first a proposal to allow the “Good Sam Bike Jam” to use Sandstone Park as a rest stop on Sunday, September 19, and the second item concerned instituting a town-wide fire ban.
“Good Sam Bike Jam” is a fundraising bike ride sponsored by the Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation in Lafayette. They were originally scheduled to use a route that would have traveled up Lefthand Canyon, but because of the recent fire in that area, they have had to scramble to re-route the event. The Mayor and Trustees felt that under the circumstances, Lyons should try and be a good neighbor and help the event during such trying times. Parks & Rec. Director Dave Cosgrove said the organizers would be bringing in, “a 10’ x 10’ tent, 2 tables, some food and water, and a couple of port-o-potties.” He added that they expected about 200 riders to come through Lyons on their way to Allenspark, and that it would be “a ride, not a race.”
Cosgrove said the event organizers had asked to set up on the cement pad adjacent to the Visitor Center, but the Trustees didn’t like that site, saying that it would be too tempting for the riders to ignore the port-o-potties, and use the nearby flush toilets. They also had concerns about having so many riders near the busy Broadway/4th Avenue intersection, which could clog traffic for those trying to get to church on a Sunday morning. An alternative site, on the east end of the park, near the Post Office was suggested, and it was agreed that the organizers will have to supply “traffic marshals” at all intersections in town that will be impacted by the route.
Speaking of things that are being impacted by the recent Fourmile canyon fire, Boulder County enacted a countywide ban on fires Sunday afternoon. At Administrator Victoria Simonsen’s suggestion, the Trustees did the same for the Town of Lyons. The ban precludes “open burning”, which is defined as any outdoor fire including campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, and the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wild lands, trash and debris. Additionally, the use and possession of all fireworks, including legal fireworks, within the proscribed area is prohibited. Fires contained within a liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stove, fireplaces within all buildings, or charcoal grill fires at private residences are excepted.
Violations of the fire ban constitute a Class 2 Petty Offense, which carries fines of $500 upon conviction for a first offense, $750 for a second offense, and $1,000 for a third or subsequent offense. The Lyons fire ban will be in effect as long as the Boulder County fire ban is in place.
Something that has not been affected by the wildfires surrounding Lyons, is our drinking water. Simonsen, said that an email has been making the rounds, and has some residents worried about drinking our water. She informed the Board that she has been in discussion with Ken Huson of Longmont Water, and he had the following assurances. “The Fourmile Fire will not impact our (Longmont and Lyons) water supply, since this fire was contained entirely south of Lefthand Creek. So, no impact on our water supplies in the Saint Vrain Creek will occur. The Reservoir Road Fire (Pinewood Lake area) is not currently impacting our C-BT water supplies, as the Northern Water operations folks have shut off all water deliveries to Carter Lake via the pump from Flatiron Reservoir. There are sufficient reserves in Carter Lake to take us well into 2011, and therefore the Northern District should have sufficient time after the Reservoir Road fire is contained to assess any potential impacts and react accordingly. We will continue to monitor this situation and let you know as we obtain additional information.”