The Town of Lyons Board of Trustees voted unanimously at Monday night’s regular meeting against the first reading of an ordinance that would require a vote of approval for a single-hauler company for residential trash pick-up. The move means the ordinance, which emerged from a citizens petition initiative, will be placed on the April 2020 ballot for a public vote.
In addition, the board approved two discussions related to the vote. The first, which passed 6-1 with Trustee Wendy Miller dissenting, directed staff to pursue a contract and bring back a resolution formally selecting Western Disposal as the single-hauler choice for the Pay as You Throw (PAYT) Program. The second, which passed 6-1 with Trustee Mark Browning dissenting, directed staff to draft ballot language to include authorization from voters that would permit the Town to contract with a third party to provide residential trash services and charge fees for providing the services.
The moves came after trustees heard recommendations from Chair of the Sustainable Futures Commission (SFC) Dan Matsch. Matsch urged board members to consider accepting a bid from Western Disposal that would be placed on the April 2020 ballot alongside the citizens initiative referendum on third-party trash services and fees associated with those services. In Colorado, citizen petitions that meet requirements for number of signatures of registered voters can either be put in place as law or sent to a vote of the people. The board of trustees was asked to decide which direction to take on the single hauler ordinance that was drafted by citizens.
The SFC reviewed two bids–from Western Disposal and One Way Trash–at a December 17 meeting. The Western Disposal proposal would include weekly trash pick-up and bi-weekly recycling and compost pick-up. The cost to residents is estimated to be $18 a month for a 32-gallon trash container, $31 a month for a 64-gallon trash container, and $44 for a 96-gallon trash container.
Matsch outlined a list of reasons the SFC cited for their recommendations, including residents receiving greater curbside service that includes recycling and compost for similar costs to current trash services alone. He also noted that the size of the town and distance to the processing facility make single hauler the only way the community could get curbside yard waste and food waste collection. Finally, he emphasized the environmental impact of waste going to landfills.
Several community members supported the SFC’s recommendations in public comment.
In other news, the Board of Trustees,
•Heard from Town of Lyons Recovery Lead Tracy Sanders. She briefed the board on the progress of flood recovery projects currently underway. Highlights included progress on Bohn Park Phase II, with all trails in except the east trail. Sanders noted that the ball field dugouts are complete, but concrete still needs to be poured. She also said that retaining walls were going in this week at the skate park.
While the public works building is complete and waiting for utilities, Sanders told board members the cost to replace the public works building came in at more than $800,000, which exceeds the $350,000 the town received through insurance to replace the building. The town sought to recoup the cost through its insurance company, but two requests for additional funds were denied. The Town of Lyons is exploring legal action with assistance from FEMA.
•Discussed plans to write a resolution to accept refugees through U.S. government programs. The ordinance would be in response to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump that requires local governments to take official action before refugees are allowed to resettle in their communities. There currently are no requests for refugee resettlement in the Town of Lyons, but the resolution would be set if a request was made.
“It seems we should not have yet another piece of red tape that may interfere with someone fulfilling the desire to host refugees here,” said Trustee Caleb Roberts, “and it seems we would want to ask the government to not stand in the way of us doing what we need to do here.”
•Passed motions to accept first readings of two proposed ordinances. The first would amend the water rights dedication requirements for annexation to accept McIntosh Lake Water. The second would amend certain sections of Chapter 18, Article 13 of the Lyons Municipal Code implementing a flood plain development management program.
In addition, the board accepted first readings of resolutions that
- approved the first amendment to the professional services agreement for potable water transmission line pipeline design services for the Apple Valley waterline relocation project with Murraysmith
- directed the liquor license authority for the town to rescind the requirement that applicants for special event permits under the Colorado Liquor Code provide a uniformed police officer as a condition of permit approval
- adopted a classification and pay plan for town employees for 2020
- designated the official public notice location and the official newspaper for the general circulation for the town
- approved the first amendment to the professional services agreement with RG and Associates for the Apple Valley waterline construction management project
- approved the second amendment to the professional services agreement for the wastewater treatment re-rating with civil, environmental, and structural engineering firm JVA, Inc.
- approved a professional services agreement with Adventure Fit, Inc., for the 2020 Lyons Outdoor Games
The board also accepted the first reading of the December 16, 2019 regular meeting minutes and the December accounts payable.
An ordinance that amends municipal code to authorize the town to require testing and monitoring facilities for wastewater services was tabled for a workshop at the January 21 meeting.
•Heard from Aaron Caplan, interim utilities coordinator, on options for upgrading the electrical meters. The town is exploring the possibility and cost of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), which would provide an infrastructure network that would allow for remote meter reading and could establish the infrastructure for water as well.