Two resolutions passed by the Lyons Board of Trustees at the regular meeting held last Tuesday could be the first step in possible lower speed limits east of downtown. At the Lyons Board of Trustees meeting, an access control plan, including changes to access points and speed limits on Highway 66, was discussed with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) representatives. The CDOT representatives stated that the non-rural arterial categorization, which is currently in place on Main Street downtown, will be extended east.
The board had concerns with some wording, but in the end passed the resolution as amended, 7 to 0. Resolution 2020-29 approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between CDOT and the Town of Lyons that allows the town to meet its transportation and access goals for the eastern corridor while remaining within the access control plan intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the communities listed in Resolution 2020-28. After the passage, the board also passed Resolution 2020-28 for an IGA between the Town of Lyons, the City of Longmont, Towns of Mead and Firestone, Boulder and Weld counties, and CDOT to implement an access control plan for Highway 66.
As part of her regular monthly report last Tuesday, Town of Lyons Finance Director Jill Johnson discussed with the trustees $800,000 in a grants fund ($200,000 set aside each year) to cover a potential million-dollar “clawback” from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if flood recovery projects end up being ineligible for grant funding. In addition, Johnson summarized the 2019 sales tax revenue, reporting that it increased significantly more than what was budgeted. Last year’s sale’s tax revenues were 12.8% higher than in 2018, she said.
Also at the February 18 meeting, the trustees passed Ordinance 1078, “Garbage, Rubbish and Trash.” This ordinance was based on work that Boulder County Sheriff Sgt. Bill Crist had been working on regarding revisions to town code for illegal dumping, prompted by issues with the dumping of junk at the recycling bins in town, and even in private dumpsters. The discussion included a few requests related to the definition of trash and rubbish, including junk or trash left “near a receptacle,” and a request to add costs to remedy violations (to cover clean up costs) in addition to fines of $75 for the first offense and $150 for the second.
In other Board of Trustees news:
– A workshop for the trustees is tentatively scheduled for March 2 to learn more about the pre-treatment ordinance.
– Trustee Mark Browning’s resignation from the Lyons Urban Renewal Authority (URA) was discussed. The question was what to do when a trustee chooses not to serve in all capacities of a trustee. Since this ties up a seat on URA, would a change in the URA bylaws allow the seat to be filled? Mayor Connie Sullivan said that the Code of Ethics may address this issue. Trustee Browning said he carefully considered his options before he resigned.
– Due to inclement weather on February 10, there were no FEMA insurance people to attend the town’s public meeting on the proposed flood insurance rate maps. The town has contact information and links to state sites where residents can obtain information on the flood rates.
– The Summit Housing Group application for Tract A was sent out for review to the various agencies that will be affected by the project. Comments were due back by February 21, and the feedback will be forwarded to the Planning and Community Development Commission. There was some discussion about both current and future Lyons Board of Trustees needing to be careful about discussing their opinions pertaining to the Summit application review process. Trustees–including candidates who are seeking election to become trustees this spring–who have a conflict of interest or bias on the issue might need to recuse themselves on any votes on Summit’s application for Lyons Valley Park.
– Funding for the Fourth Avenue pedestrian bridge might include a CDOT-funded Safe Routes to School grant. The projected cost for the bridge is $855,000, with a grant potentially covering $500,000 of that. Other grants could contribute to the remainder. If not enough money is received from other grants, the town would have to fund the remaining balance. This topic will be addressed further at the March 2 trustees meeting.
– The board discussed a $10,000 fee for hiring a professional consultant to help pull together and finalize downtown design guidelines. It was stated that Lyons wanted good design guidelines to preserve downtown’s historic nature. Trustee Mark Browning had concerns about spending the money on a consultant. The resolution passed 6 to 1.