Published on Thursday, July 04 2013 05:28
Not even the “inclement” could put a damper on the 37th annual celebration of Lyons Good Old Days. There was a little something for everyone; carnival rides, midway games, food trucks, a beer tent, live music, bingo, dance performances, classic cars, class reunions, square dancing, softball games, history presentations, the boy scout yard sale, a 5K race, and oh yeah, a hail storm for the ages!Read more: A “Hail” Of A Weekend!
Published on Thursday, July 04 2013 05:22
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
Mark Browning, Chairman of the Library Steering Committee, gave the Board of Trustees (BOT) a progress report on the efforts currently going on toward forming a library district, with the eventual goal of building a new library for Lyons. His report was a bit of a wake up call.
According to Browning the law firm, Seter & Vander Wall, which specializes in the formation of library districts and agreed inRead more: Library Left In The Lurch
Published on Saturday, June 22 2013 03:12
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor
A light agenda for a Board of Trustees’ (BOT) meeting usually means a late night at Town Hall. No so Monday night. Mayor Julie Van Domelen, perhaps because of an executive session looming at the end of the regular meeting, kept things rolling along at a good clip.
Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Nick Goldberger of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office gave the Board members a recap of the calls over the last couple of weeks. One medical assist for a mountain biker at Hall Ranch, a fire on Eagle Ridge, and a couple of water rescues of tubers in Meadow Park. He pointed out that the common thread between the two water rescues was “no parental supervision, and no personal flotation devices (lifejackets).
"He also notified the Trustees that the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has instituted a “whole mountain" fire ban for all of Boulder County, which because of an ordinance that the BOT passed last year includes all of the Town of Lyons. Basically the ban means no open fires anywhere. You can still grill in your backyard with propane or charcoal, in the parks in designated cooking grills with charcoal, and in the RVs and campers can use propane stoves in Meadow Park.
During audience business, Brian Dieke of Water Technology Group addressed the Board telling them about an exciting new cutting edge technology for wastewater disposal that is coming out of Budapest, Hungary. Dieke was aware that the Town of Lyons is in the process of looking at different options for the replacement/upgrade of the Town’s wastewater treatment plant, and wanted to set up a meeting with Town Staff, and even suggested the possibility of finding grant money for an exploratory trip to Hungary to view the technology first hand. Any volunteers?
Under general business, the Board approved the leasing of thirty acre-feet of Big Thompson water to the Pinewood Springs water district at a cost of $36.44 per acre-foot. All of the Trustees felt it was important to “be a good neighbor” as long as it would not impact the Town’s water supply, and the price was adequate to cover staff time. Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen assured the Board that we could spare the water,and that the lease contract was almost identical to one approved a couple of years ago, so it didn’t require too much staff time. Pinewood Springs water district officials also inquired about the possibility of buying “pipe water” (the potable water that Lyons gets from Longmont) if the drought continues and the situation gets dire. There was a brief discussion about the possibility of going over the Town’s daily/monthly allotment numbers and the financial implications if that were to happen (as was the case last summer because of some massive leaks in the system). Simonsen again assured the Board that she didn’t feel that would be an issue, but would keep a sharp eye on the summer water use trends and work with Pinewood Springs to spread out the sale of pipe water so as to not go over the allotted amounts. The sale of the pipe water will be on a “wait and see” basis.
Also discussed during general business was a reduction of utility rates for medical hardship cases. Although the Board had sympathy for a particular medical case, there were reservations, particularly from the Mayor, about “going down a slippery slope” concerning having to regulate what constituted a medical hardship, the ease with which “a note from your doctor could be obtained,” whether or not anyone holding a medical marijuana card from the state would automatically become eligible for a reduced utility rate, and whether the electricity for “grow operations” would therefore be included, etc. Simonsen said that she had looked into it and many municipalities have reduced rates for low-income patrons, but only one (Ft. Collins) had any discount for medical hardship cases, and that was tied to income levels as well. In the end, it was agreed that any users who felt they had a medical hardship, should come to Town Hall and workout a payment plan to spread the “spike” months over the whole year. And the Town would work with them to see if they qualified for rebates, etc. from Boulder County for simple energy efficiency measures.
Town Attorney Tim Cox laid out a loose schedule for the Trustee, to coincide with the State’s schedule for the legalization and sale of recreational marijuana per the vote in last November’s election. This will be if the Trustees decide to ban or limit the number of retail outlets for the sale of recreational marijuana similar to the limit of medical marijuana dispensaries, which is currently three, with the number to drop to two if one of the dispensaries goes out of business. The loose schedule proposed by Cox has workshops and discussions during July, first and second readings, plus a public hearing in August, with any action or ordinance to be finalized by October 1. Trustee Dan Greenberg queried Cox about the possibility of combining recreational and medical licenses and/or dispensaries to come up with a number that wouldn’t exceed the limits the Town already has on the books. While the Mayor pondered the possibility of “auctioning off marijuana licenses to the highest bidder as opposed to a set price” as a way to generate added revenue for the Town. Cox said he was attending a Colorado Municipal League seminar on Colorado’s new marijuana laws this week and would report his findings to these and other questions at the next meeting.
The consent agenda, consisting of the June 3 BOT meeting minutes, the June 10 BOT special meeting minutes, the June accounts payable, the March financials, and the April financials was approved in a 7 to 0 vote. The Trustees and Staff gave their reports and then the Trustees went into executive session to discuss developing a strategy for the negotiations of the purchase of real property (the Hains property in Meadow Park). Some time later (I was then covering the last softball game in Bohn Park) the Board came out of executive session and directed Administrator Simonsen to pursue the issue per their discussion. The meeting was then adjourned.
Published on Thursday, June 27 2013 08:42
For the second year in a row, Boulder police are announcing a zero-tolerance policy for fireworks violations, and this year, because of the dangerously dry conditions, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is adopting a similar zero-tolerance stance. It’s illegal to possess or explode fireworks within Town of Lyons, or anywhere within unincorporated Boulder County, and violators will be cited, or possibly arrested, depending on the offense. All other outdoor burning, slash fires, use of any kind of fireworks, model rockets, and all other outdoor spark orRead more: No Warnings For Fireworks’ Violators!
Published on Saturday, June 22 2013 03:03
On Wednesday, June 12, at approximately 6:38 p.m., the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Lyons Fire Department, Longmont Emergency Unit (LEU), Boulder Emergency Squad (BES), and American Medical Response (AMR), responded to Meadow Park in Lyons, on report of a stranded tuber in the North St. Vrain Creek.
A fifteen-year old female, who apparently became separated from her tube, was stranded on the bank at the far westRead more: River Rescue In Meadow Park