It’s out! Lyons’ first-ever annual town report. Everything you want to know about Lyons town government (and perhaps some things you didn’t know to ask). https://www.townoflyons.com/…/2020-Annual-Report-Final 148 pages, compiled by Greg Lowell, Board Trustee
This report includes everything you could possibly want to know about the Town of Lyons government operations and goals, as well as even more things you did not know to ask about. There are about 30 pages of financial reports.
Greg Lowell did this kind of report in the last town that he lived in and participated in their government operations. In the past, he was able to make a copy of the annual report for every resident in town. However, for the Lyons report, the cost of printing the current report is beyond his expectations, so he has printed ten copies, bound them in a spiral notebook, and made them available at Town Hall. You can view this report on your device and decide which, if any, pages you need to keep a paper copy of.
Report on Town Boards and Commissions “in everyday language”
I also did a comprehensive review of the Town BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS a year ago, in spring 2020 (updated quarterly, 3/1/21)
I did not want to do a report on each group using the official government description (Municipal Code) of what each group is assigned to do, which is often hard to decipher. Instead I worked with each board and commission chair over a three month period, and assisted them in writing up, in everyday language:
(1) what they are assigned to do
(2) what are some of their past greatest achievements and/or recent important accomplishments, and
(3) what they see as their future goals.
I partly did this report so that area homeowners could see (1) what is happening behind the scenes and (2) to entice them to join a board or commission, and fill the -19- vacancies, some of which had been open for a few years. Since then, almost half of them have been filled, and the long-awaited Historic Preservation Commission became a reality, mainly through the persevere of staff person Yani Jones, Historic Preservationist/Planner.
It is my intention to have this available online, year-round, so that anyone who is a current resident, as well as those who move into town, can easily learn about their town government. And, to learn the names of the individuals who work in each group, so they can be contacted for assistance (or congratulated on the street!) This REPORT can be found in the future by using the search box, or by clicking on the Menu “News/government,” or by going to the “Community Resources” page.
Note, the Town of Lyons’s web pages are not updated frequently, and most of the board/commission pages (not all of them) are lacking deeply in any significant news or updates. I update the vacancies every quarter, with the last one being this week. I also asked each chair in January to look at what was previously submitted in spring 2020, to make sure there were no important changes needed.