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THE TOWN OF LYONS, COLORADO, a Colorado municipal corporation,
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By Monique Sawyer-Lang
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! This has been the cry of newspaper publishers and sellers from the earliest days of the newspaper industry. Newspapers have always played an important role in communities, connecting people not only to the goings-on in their communities but to the nation and the world. Lyons currently benefits from having two newspapers in town,



The Board of Trustees' (BOT) meeting got off to an unusual beginning Monday night. The roll call was made, ditto the Pledge of Allegiance, and a reflective moment of silence was observed. Then everyone (about a dozen residents) in attendance, except the Board, some staff members, and the lawyers, was told to get out! An executive session was called to, “determine positions



By Nina Auslander
Toby Russell, the Town of Lyons Sustainability Coordinator, has been working in the field of sustainability for ten years. According to his LinkedIn profile, Russell has worked with and supported Hunter Lovins, a pioneer in the field of sustainability, and the CEO of Natural Capitalism Solutions. Russell has taught sustainability at multiple universities, and has consulted with



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Social media in Lyons has been abuzz since last Friday with the news that the Centura Health Physician Group Primary Care – Lyons (aka Milestone Clinic) will be closing. The original “rumor” was that the clinic would close in sixty days (it now appears it will be ninety days). Staff at the clinic were unable to comment on the situation. When administrators at Longmont United


By Joseph Lekarczyk

Mayor Connie Sullivan was out of town Monday night, so Mayor Pro Tem Dan Greenberg gaveled the Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting open with a resounding crack! The startling beginning set the tone for the evening (and perhaps put the fear of rapped knuckles in his colleagues), which proceeded at a pace heretofore unseen by this reporter. 

Lyons Substation Supervisor Sgt. Bill Crist of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office reported that the traffic calming meeting last week at the fire house went very well. He indicated that twenty-five to thirty residents, from various neighborhoods around town were in attendance, and provided a lot of good ideas and feedback. Crist said that some of the “short-term” suggestions for reducing the volume and speed of traffic through neighborhoods trying to avoid the backups on Main Street on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park during the busy summer tourist season were: to re-stripe some of the wider streets to indicate parking spots; replace, reposition, and add stop signs; install “local traffic only” signs; talk to CDOT about synchronizing the timing of the light at Third and Main to traffic flows; ditto the light at McConnell and Stone Canyon vis-a-vis right hand turns so as to not back up through-traffic unnecessarily. Some of the “longer-term” (and more expensive) ideas included: portable speed bumps and permanent cul-de-sacs on Park and Evans, and utilizing electronic variable message signs to educate drivers that both Rte. 7 and Rte. 36 go to Estes Park. Crist also announced that in conjunction with the Boulder County “Drug Take Back” campaign (see story in this edition), there will be a similar effort here in Lyons at the Substation Headquarters (just east of Town Hall) on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parks & Rec. Supervisor Dave Cosgrove reported to the Trustees that things are progressing over at Bohn Park. The Town's insurance carrier is anxious for the insurance money to be spent for replacement of the ballfields. It seems there are some matching funds that could become available for several of the items: Bohn Park field ($153K/$306K; Vasquez field ($8,200/$16,400); and batting cage ($4,800/$9,700). Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen explained Finance Director Tony Cavalier's absence (he's out a couple of weeks with a health issue), and gave an update on the cash flow situation as it pertains to recovery reimbursements. According to Simonsen the Town now has approximately $12M on hand, and she added that if a list of about ten or fifteen projects (most of which have been in the planning stage or on the back burner due to cash flow issues) were to be completed, i.e., the  McConnell and Second Avenue Bridges, the pedestrian bridges, stream restoration, river trails, skate park, ballfields, et al, the total outlay for those projects would be around $8M. Simonsen promised that Cavalier would have a more detailed report when he gets back to his desk in time for the next meeting. The Board seemed to be buoyed by the current financial picture.

Public Information/Communication Officer Kim Mitchell went over some options for a new location for the RV dump station (the current one will have to be moved, along with the skate park and RTD park & ride when the new library is built). The three sites bandied about were in Bohn Park, across Second Avenue at the new wastewater treatment plant parking lot, or along the new Railroad/Park Street area near the former Valley Bank location. All of the locations came with pros and cons, and after an in-depth discussion, about length of vehicles, kiosk versus attendant versus honor system, dumping fees, dumping of illegal substances, economic impacts on Main Street businesses, how long it takes to dump, driving to Longmont, etc.. It was decided that perhaps the best “temporary” solution would be to have smaller vehicles use the dump facilities already in place at LaVern Johnson Park, when the RV campground is not full.
Simonsen then informed the Board of an upcoming DHESM site visit on May 10, and she added that the CDBG-DR final monitoring was completed that afternoon (Monday, April 17) and the Town got high marks and kudos. A brief overview, for new Trustees who haven't been through the process, of the annexation process was next. As it pertains to the Planet Bluegrass Farm (the former Williams property), the first step is a determination of “substantial compliance,” which has been completed. Next  (on Monday, May 1) will be a public hearing on eligibility, then (on Monday, May 15) there will be a hearing and discussion on annexation/zoning. Town Clerk Deb Anthony noted that if everything is moving ahead, there will be a vote on the annexation (the parcel is over ten acres) by the citizens on July 11, in order to comply with a “ninety day statute.”

Parks & Rec. Commission Chair Doug Stahl gave the Trustees an update on his groups doings. He was excited that this will be the first full summer season for the renovated LaVern Johnson Park. The final design and construction is underway at Bohn Park. Lyons Valley River Park is in the final design and bid process. The deed-restricted buy-out property is in the planning process. He talked about both the Lyons Outdoor Games and Good Old Days, and briefly touched on the progress of the pathways, i.e., sidewalks, footbridges, and pedestrian safety. Stahl also mentioned that there is a discussion about turning the cement pad in Sandstone Park (next to the Visitors' Center) into a large checker/chess board.

The consent agenda, consisted of four resolutions, the April accounts payable, and the April 3 BOT meeting minutes. Three of the resolutions, the first approving a matching grant for a Sustainability Coordinator; the  second approving a grant for a Zero Waste Event in Sandstone Park with Ecocycle Inc.; and the third the approval of a professional service agreement with Poysti & Adams, LLC to perform financial audit services for the Town for the year 2017, and for renewals for the subsequent four years; as well as the accounts payable and the meeting minutes were passed unanimously. The fourth resolution, with Kirsche Construction, for change orders for LaVern Johnson Park was pulled due to concerns expressed by Trustee Michael Karavas over where things stand in a dispute about who is responsible, and therefore would have to pay, for mistakes and measurements in the design and implementation. Apparently, fault has yet to be definitively determined, but the change orders were eventually approved.

During general business, it was recommended by the Town Attorney to hold an executive session prior to the next BOT meeting (Monday, May 1) to strategize and discuss a cable franchise agreement with Lyons Communications. The Trustees formally agreed that they would prefer the agreement with the cable provider to be “informal.” So if you are planning to attend the BOT meeting that evening for the annexation proceedings, bring a book. Because you're going to be sitting out in the plaza until the executive session concludes, and the regular meeting begins. The only other item under general business was a resolution approving the purchase of the decommissioned Longmont water treatment plant east of town, by the BOT on behalf of the Water Utility Enterprise Fund (see details in Amy Reinholds column in this edition).
Then it was on to Trustee reports, a summary of action items, and adjournment. And it was only a little after 8:30 p.m! That gavel thing really worked Dan. You should do that more often.

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