By Joseph Lekarczyk
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is married to the Mayor.
After two sunny weeks on the beaches of Togo (West Africa, near Nigeria, just so you don’t have to drag out your atlas), Mayor Julie Van Domelen was back banging her gavel at Monday night’s Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. She was greeted by what else? A brief discussion about medical marijuana.
Speaking of burning grass, Sgt. Kevin Parker of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, informed the Trustees that despite the recent rains and the greening up of the fields, the fire ban for Boulder County is still in place, and this includes fireworks, so bear that in mind on your next trip to Wyoming. He added that things have been, “pretty quiet in Lyons recently, just the way we like it.” Since there was only one person in the audience, and she was going to speak later, no one spoke during audience business.
Acting as the Liquor Authority, the Board okayed special event permits for both the Lyons Good Old Days celebration on High Street, and the Lyons Outdoor Games in Bohn Park. Jayne Rhode (she was the lone audience member), speaking for the Lyons Chamber of Commerce, said that everything at the Good Old Days beer tent would be about the same as it has been for the last four years that the Chamber has been using the event as their major fundraiser. Administrator Victoria Simonsen informed the Board that the Chamber was hoping to waive the “must have a deputy in the beer garden at all times” rule, since there are always at least two or three deputies patrolling the High Street area anyway during the festivities. Sgt. Parker agreed that the extra deputy was a little redundant, since he almost always had extra men in Lyons anyway. And he added that by waiving the requirement, the Chamber would save $800 or $900 in salaries. The Trustees agreed, and it was so.
Sounds like the Outdoor Games will be bigger and better than ever. Almost everything will be staged in and around Bohn Park this year (dependant on water levels). In addition to the kayaking, bike jumping, and K-9 events, this year’s event will include a 5-K run, live music, food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, and a Burning Can Festival (with over 30 breweries from across the country) put on by Oskar Blues as a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers’ Guild and the Parks & Rec. Department (fifty, fifty split).
The Board, after a lengthy discussion, approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit picnic-ers from bringing gas grills into Bohn and Meadow Park. The ordinance would only allow charcoal cooking fires in the designated fireplaces placed throughout the two parks. This ordinance would not affect those who are overnight camping, either in RVs or tents; they would still be able to use propane or gas cooking stoves.
The consent agenda, consisting of the May accounts payable, and the May 7, BOT meeting minutes, was passed in a 6 to 0 vote. Mayor Van Domelen abstained, saying she wasn’t present for that meeting (see above reference to Togo).
During general business, the Board discussed the so-called “sunset clause” on the medical marijuana ordinance that was passed last summer. The Mayor wanted the public to know that “sunset clause” doesn’t mean it’s going to go away, just that the Board would look at it, with nearly a year’s perspective, and see how things are going. They instructed staff to compile various data, i.e. complaints, enforcement, revenues, etc. and be ready to give the Trustees a report at the next meeting/public hearing on June 11 (the June 4 meeting will be pushed to June 11, because there won’t be a quorum).
Also during general business, three resolutions were passed. The first was to authorize an agreement (not to exceed $15,000) with a new accounting firm (Poysti & Adams LLC) for auditing services. The second was in support of an application for a grant from DRCOG for streetscape enhancements along Broadway, between Third and Fifth Avenues, on both the north and south sides of the street. The project would include parking (about 45 spaces), sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, a multi-use pathway, and a retaining wall (similar to the ones on Main Street). All in all, the two sides of Broadway would run in the neighborhood of 1.2 to 1.3 million dollars, for which Lyons would have to come up with about a twenty percent match (about $250,000). Some of the money would come out of the general fund, some out of the electric fund (lighting), and some out of the Parks & Rec. fund (Sandstone Park enhancements). Everyone agreed it is was worth presenting a proposal for the grant. The third resolution was in support of the Denver Region Sustainable Communities Initiative Consortium. Don’t ask! Bottom line, it won’t cost the Town anything.
Then it was time for Trustee and Staff reports. Trustee Dawn Weller informed everyone that Boulder County would be holding a special deal to try and get ridership up on the new “YL” bus route between Lyons and Longmont. She said that anyone who rides the bus for three trips, during the second week of June, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Lyons business of their choice! Cool deal for any of you Longmont commuters. Van Domelen announced the appointments of Craig Ferguson (of Planet Bluegrass) to the Planning and Community Development Commission, and Doug Stahl (Lyons Elementary School Teacher) to the Parks & Rec. Commission. Simonsen announced that the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Boulder County was finally approved by the County last week (after months and months, maybe 20 or so)! The culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of the last BOT. Kudos to Van Domelen, Trustees Sandy Banta, Kirk Udovich, LaVern Johnson, and former Trustees Kathy Jacobson, Kathy Carroll, and Ed Bruder, and lest we forget, our hardworking Town Staff. Well done.
The Board then went into executive session, to discuss strategies concerning the decommissioned water treatment plants to the east of town.