By Mark Browning
Two heads are supposed to be better than one, but is the same thing true for County Commissions? Lyons area residents will have the chance to see for themselves on Thursday, August 29, when the Boulder and Larimer County Commissions will hold a rare joint public hearing at Lyons Town Hall. The hearing is set for 5 p.m., with a short tour by the Commissioners of the current Depot Library (likely to occur just prior to the hearing).
The idea for a combined public hearing arose at prior separate Commission meetings concerning the Lyons Library Project Steering Committee’s requests to establish a new regional library district, and approve a tax mill levy ballot measure to fund the district. The Commissioners themselves
decided it would be more efficient and more productive (and easier for Lyons residents to participate) to hold the session in Lyons, rather than to require people interested in the project to drive to Boulder and Fort Collins.
The actual Commission votes on creating the library district and approving ballot measures are expected to occur on September 3, at the Commissions’ regular meeting sites. Larimer County Commissioners, in particular, need to take the actual vote within that County, for legal reasons. And while the Boulder County Commissioners will be on their home County turf, they have expressed a preference to do their actual voting in Boulder using their regular process, which includes video streaming of meetings.
At a June public session, the Boulder County Commission asked the Library Steering Committee (LSC) to come up with tangible evidence of support in the Lyons area for a new library/resource center. The LSC dutifully collected petition signatures at summer community events, Town Hall and the Depot Library. More than three hundred people signed the petitions, which the LSC believes is well over ten percent of registered voters in the proposed district; far more than the minimum needed to call for a vote on a library district.
All Lyons-area residents, including those living outside Lyons town limits, are invited to attend the Thursday, August 29, hearing and make their opinions known, if they so desire. Rules on speaking time, and the length of the hearing will be set by the two County Commissions. More information about this important meeting and the proposed library district is available on the LSC’s website, www.theheartoflyons.org.