By Joseph LekarczykIn 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 presentation intensive meeting last Monday evening. First up were two representatives from the City of Longmont, to give a little background information about the long, long history of Lyons and Longmont water. Longmont supplies the drinking water to Lyons, and has recently asked to amend the inter-government agreement (IGA), which covers that contract. To make a long story shorter, basically some water hook-ups were miscounted several years ago, and it looks as if Lyons will have 21 more Colorado Big Thompson water shares available to be allocated or leased on an annual basis. We thought we had allocated 500, when the number turned out to be 479. The other change in the IGA, is Longmont,officially notified Lyons that they will only be responsible for the water they sell us, “up to the meter.” This came about, in part, because of a chlorification system that was installed in the pump station a few years ago, for which Longmont says it had no prior notification. In the end, the Trustees agreed to amend the IGA in a 6-0 vote (Trustee Lavern Johnson was not yet in attendance).
A second resolution, this one concerning the approval of a new cable television franchise agreement with Cam Cable LLC, was continued because the cable company wasn’t ready to present. So, then it was on to a presentation by the Lyons Sustainable Future Commission about submitting a grant proposal to Boulder County for a community recycling and/or composting program. Presenter Ashley Arens was having trouble with the power point presentation, so they jumped ahead to a discussion about the acceptance of a piece of art (the big yellow chair now at the site of the Lyons Outdoor Market). Realtor Pam Solman has offered to purchase the piece and donate it to the Town. Lyons Arts & Humanities Council (LAHC) liaison Trustee Sandy Banta indicated that the LAHC had not had enough time to discuss this offer among themselves, and suggested the matter be tabled until the November 1 meeting, and so it was.
Trustee Johnson arrived (she was delayed, because she was securing a $2,250 grant for the Historical Society), and Arens had worked out the bugs for his presentation (recycling/composting – stay with me here) after which, it was agreed, by a 7-0 vote, to give the go-ahead to the Sustainable Future Commission to apply for a $10,000 grant, which, if granted, will require a 20 percent ($2,000 or in kind donation) match.
Another change in the agenda was made, so that Jul Swann and John King of the LAHC would not have to continue to wait around. The Board passed a resolution, in a 7-0 vote, to amend the Public Art in Lyons policy, to basically delete the word “indemnify.” The BOT then quickly acknowledged the receipt of the draft 2011 budget on October 11, 2010, and scheduled a public hearing for the budget at the December 6 BOT meeting and the approval, in a special meeting, on December 13.
The Staff and Trustees gave their reports, the consent agenda, containing the October 4, 2010 BOT meeting minutes, was approved, and a public hearing for an ordinance regarding the make-up and establishment of all boards, commissions, committees, and other advisory bodies for the Town of Lyons was opened. In a shock to all, no one was present to speak to this hot button issue, and the public hearing was promptly closed, and the ordinance was unanimously passed. The meeting was adjourned as the minute hand crept past 10:30 p.m.