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Board of Trustees, Town of Lyons
Town Board Meetings are currently being conducted over ZOOM. The Trustees are discussing the possibility of doing them again in Town Hall, and it may be a hybrid of Trustees and/or Public viewing in-person or, by choice, over Zoom. — July 2021
Board of Trustees Meeting July 6th (the day was changed from Monday July 5th, as it was a National Holiday and all government offices were closed).
Work on the 4th & Evans Pedestrian Bridge, is at 30% design. The bridge will be 120 feet long and 8 foot wide, It is started this fall and finished in 2022..Grants are from FEMA and Safe Routes to Schools.
The LYONS TOWN BOARD was on Zoom July 6th, with the following:
—– Neal Evers was appointed to the PCDC Commission;
A Resolution of the town of Lyons accepting public improvements at the 2nd & Park PUD; approving a construction agreement with DeFalco Construction Company for the Bohn Park Stormwater Improvement Project at Red Hill Gulch;
Volunteers of all ages will be needed to pull weeds around Lyons streets. Contact Dave Cosgrove this spring. 823 8250
Dedication of the Second Avenue bridge is scheduled for July 8th.at 10am, with Congressmen John Hickenlooper and Congressman Joe Neguse will be present, . and will open soon with the dedication of the bridge in June. Folks are wanting 2 four-way stops, sidewalks, walking lane, etc. from the Parking lot into the park
The town has joined the State for winter tourism, and accepted the a Go-Co grant $282,903 for the 2nd avenue parking, restrooms, work in Bohn Park, and more camping in the LaVern Park; Action to begin soon.
—- Crystal White has been chosen Mrs. Good Old Days for all the various things she has continually done about town. for several years. Thanks Chrystal
– The Lyons Redstone Museum opened June 1st and be open daily thru Oct. 3rd, going by Social distancing and wearing a mask..Folks are invited to Stop by. Family gatherings are welcome,where visitors can go to another room..Due to COVID the museum was not allowed to open all last summer, new displays have been set up, projects have progressed.
——– $73,000 in “No interest” loans thru the town are still available for businesses.
——– Signed a resolution with Boulder County, and the RTD for the EcoPass Program;
=== PENDING: Negotiations by the Town and Ditch Companies for the trail down Hwy 36. The Town agreed to accept the grants available for the matching funds of 12% and 13% on the grants available for the St. Vrain Corridor Regional Trail, going east of McConnell Drive, on past the eastern corridor and meet the Longmont’s Greenway Trail. on Highway 36, which the board passed to accept. Mayor Angelo challenged the staff to find more funds instead of using the funds now budgeted for in-town road work.
PROJECTS: Redoing the NE corner of 4th and Main includes more businesses on the first floor and adding 7 rental units on the 2nd floor. Progress is being made as the Redstone is moving west to the Green Goo space. Check trail by Cemetery, ……………………………………
For past meetings, see Monthly “TOWN BOARD MEETINGS” summary article
……Respectfully submitted by LaVern Johnson
TOWN OF LYONS BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEETING 7/19/21
These notes are reduced to a concise format, and the full video of the meeting should be viewed or contact a Trustee for more details and explanation. // Report by Kathleen Spring
WORKSHOP PRIOR TO MEETING – 7/19/21:
SOLAR FARM: Lee Hall gave his report – update, the feasibility report is complete, and Bike Park was the most feasible place; the SW portion of the dog park was recognized as possible alternative. There has been a lot of discussion in person and in newspapers with the public. Very little opposition expressed. Deadline to notify the county to add something to a ballot measure is past, so the next regular November election is under consideration. Because it’s on Parks and Open Space it would have to be re-zoned; the recent vote by residents allows only use of it as “parks” unless otherwise voted on by residents. This would involve modifying the Parks Master Plan. DOLA likes this project; but the hold up might be not having confirmed the location – should the trustees postpone applying for the grant until its approved by voters? – no conclusive decision made. Projected costs and savings, and life span were discussed. Hall projects a lifespan of at least 40 years (hail will not damage it); and, 4.5% or more reduction in our carbon output in Lyons. (55 minute discussion) (1) move forward on preparing for the November election (2) several questions still hang over applying for DOLA grant.
METERING: Jim Kerr gave his report– showed a chart he has covered before. Warning to not overload non-metering customers with costs / once you produce more than 15%, you would produce more electricity than what the town can use, and send it to the town grid. Reimburse excess (4.3 cents per kilw hour, and charge a monthly fee of $2.50). Gunnison became 100% renewable this year with wind power; study how they did that. Natural gas is a renewable energy that costs less. States are moving away from one-to-one (retail rate) net-metering, partly due to subsidies that are available. Loveland has a similar chart. Lyons is probably the leading community in the state in terms of solar penetration (10x what Loveland has). Outside persons discussion of net-metering agrees that Grandfathering existing customers is the right thing to do. (20 minute discussion)
The LYONS TOWN BOARD was on Zoom July 19th, with the following:
LaVern Johnson asked that the regular day, of “the 4th Saturday of June,” which is June 25th, 2022, be reserved for Good Old Days next year — so we can let the Alumni know the date for reunions and picnics.
Bonita Joy Yoder’s Agenda item was removed, so she spoke under Audience in her continuing effort to get her flood damaged house repaired.
Reports by Commissions or groups: LEAF – Cherie Maureaux, Mental Health Awareness = In-person group therapy sessions have been revived on Thursdays at the church.
VIII. Staff Reports 1. Utilities Update 2. Finance Update 3. Administrator Simonsen’s report
IX. Public Hearings and Ordinances:
- 2nd reading – Ordinance 1102 – Condominiumization is purely a state process. Someone applies. The state doesn’t cover informing the local municipality that the process has occurred.– It is illegal to convert a ADU into a condo. –Three more readings. We make the motion after the public meeting. Discussion as to use of water/utility. Amended: Ord 1102. Unanimously passed.
- 2nd reading – Ordinance 1101. Change in rates. Reviewing this for a number of years. Talk about reducing the rate for the electricity that returns back to the town from somebody with solar. 12.75% is current per kilw.; this would go with the current buyable rate of 4.3%. Reduce eg, by $8 for 100 kilw.; bill would go up. We were never obligated by law that we had to take it in (solar only). —-Public comment: Town Clerk Vasquez read into the records an opinion letter from a resident. The benefits of rooftop solar were undervalued. A member of the Parks Commission sent a 3 page letter asking the Trustees not to vote for the Ordinance. It talked about possibly not grandfathering older installations, and keeping commitments.—-Amendment proposed: Change date from 2026 to 2030. Two trustees voted no because they believe it doesn’t honor the commitments. Passed.
- Simple change to Ordinance 1104, adding two words to Parks and Rec – add the words “Open Space” to be included. Passed.
- 2nd reading – Ordinance 1105 – talks about what trees to take out; it inadvertently missed stating this. Passed.
X. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Resolution 2021-70, a Resolution of the Town of Lyons Approving the Second
Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with Murraysmith, Inc. for
On-Call Engineering Services
2. Resolution 2021-71, a Resolution of the Town of Lyons, Colorado Supporting a
DOLA Clean Energy Initiative (CEI) Grant for a Lyons Solar Farm and Battery
3. June Accounts Payable
4. July 1, 2021, Ethics Committee Meeting Minutes
5. July 6, 2021 Regular BOT Meeting Minutes
XII. General Business
- SUMMIT HOUSING – Resolution 2021-72– a Resolution of the Town of Lyons, Colorado Approving an Amendment to the Summit Housing Group Development Agreement – This agreement has had several amendments to it. One has to do with the high cost of construction costs in the market right now. Main changes suggested: all 3 Amendments be incorporated. ==Discussion: Consider some landscaping changes to allow more native plants, especially in the rear yards of family units. Propose use tax that would be generated from this project, as well as the town review fees. Consider the exchange of 3 blocks of land in view of the impact fees that are traditionally collected on such a development. Replace the garages in single family homes with car ports. Proposed currently a consideration of up to $150,000 of water and sewer utility fees being potentially offset (if American Rescue Plan used) === Between the use tax, totaling approximately $65,000 + $35,000 + up to $150,000 = equals = $600,000. Attorney says impact fee part is not allowed under the code; Board would have to change the code. And, the change would be difficult to draft; it is a starting place. Admin.(Simonsen) said their original overage was approx. over 2 million dollars. The liability insurance was discussed. The Amendment passes unanimously. The part about ‘’3 lots for impact fee” was deleted.== In order to get the project moving and that no other aid will be considered, a request for an Amendment added. (there has been 11 to 19 to 24 single family lots). This would not keep them from getting grants on their own. Most felt it was too broad, and it did not pass.
The attorney said that according to the law of Colorado you cant ‘’bind the hands of future boards.” Therefore, this board or a future ones could take any Amendment out.
- Agenda Request – 401 2nd Avenue – Building Permit Extension Request – Passes 4 to 2.
- Discussion/Direction to Regulate/Permit RV parking at the WWTF.
There is a small corner on an island that is not in the Flood way. Three trustees were concerned in past discussions of Ordinance 1088. Lots of objections were listed, like the time it is suppose to get done. In discussion the trustees did not like the RV’s parked in a flood way. The ones in the other Parks have owners in them who could immediately drive them away. The Admin. is also the Flood Plan Authority, so she was asked to comment on any government restrictions there are in use of the Flood Way. Town dept. directors didn’t find a good reason to do it; but are willing to help them find another location. FEMA will not agree to permanent/long-term storage. RVs could become debris in the next flood. It was suggested that a commercial company might take the storage over. == not decided/not passed.
- General Update on Listing of the Apple Valley Water Treatment Plant Property – Submitted on behalf of the board.==Underground tank at water treatment plant == Re sale of the hazardous property. No REAL ESTATE Agents responded to Admin.’s request for information. She will contact the Planning Staff to see if they are willing to take this on. Someone would have to put $150,000 in cleaning it. To demolish might cost $110,000+ They have to go down 10-15 ft. Chlorine and alum are the main chemicals.
General Comment from Admin. (Simonsen): She got a notice that the City of Longmont wanted to be part of a ‘brown field community,” clean up of difficult sites. They asked Lyons to be a partner, but no work involved, but would help both cities to get funds. She said they were interested to learn more.
XIII. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Trustee Rogin – request a workshop where the LAHC discuss becoming a CO Creative District. Enormous benefits. Mayor Angelo said he has discussed this with LAHC, and it will be a long-term project.
Mayor Pro-Tem Browning – status report and future use of Depot building. Need to check with zoning and Historical restrictions. // More discussion and direction of curbside recycling.
Trustee Karavas – density considerations; what’s allowed in certain parts of town.
Trustee Waugh – monthly sales tax breakdown
===============dismissed into a short Executive Session. 10:52 p.m.
………Report respectfully submitted by Kathleen Spring.
Parks & Recreation Commission Meetings
(report by LaVern Johnson, honorary member of Commission)
The Agreement between the town and Martin Acres has presented to the Board..emphasizing low parking at 2nd Avenue near Bohn Park, and walkng to the land, helping with low impact on Road 69. The commission suggests a loop trail and passive recreation..
Other topics were:
a.They announce that Bohn Park Phase 2 is completed, and are having ballgames. (after 8 years, they made it..Lyons kids are finally playing on the Lyons ball fields..Thanks to all!
b. Lyons Valley River Park is being completed.with stream bank stabilization.;
c.The 2nd Avenue Bridge is completed, with dedicated on July 8th. They discussed the hazards of 2nd Avenue and the slope on the bridge, which makes blind spots if someone is below the slope and the driver can’t seem them, The Commission is recommending to the Town Board – 4 way stops, “slow” speed signs to avoid a tragedy.
d.The 4th Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Design is upcoming (The bridge will be paid for thru Safe Schools grant is scheduled to start this fall and be finished in 2022.)
e. .The Town has agreed to two grants for the St. Vrain Trail east of town. The town leases the land at the back to: of Blue Mountain Stone, Spirit Hounds, and Clark’s Hardware the trail has to go thru, as well as over 3 or 4 ditches-the town met with Highland Ditch Co. this week and are trying to come to an agreement with the Ditch companies as well as the Northern Colorado. Water District. Two grants for this Trail are pending and will be an advantage to all..the businesses on the Eastern corridor; bikers, and hikers to get off the highway and to safety; and will meet with St. Vrain Greenway Trail coming west from Longmont.; The town will pay the matching funds of 12% and 13% if all agreements can be made.
The Concession stand at LaVern Johnson Park is now open and going well for tube rentals, charcoal, fluid, sunscreen, bug spray, river tubing shoes, life vests, camp games photography, prepacked food items and drink. It may be open daily from 10:am to 6:00pm, and definitely on weekends. It is required that people view a safety video.; they will have 50 single and 15 double tubes; Hours are 10-6 daily.
Discussion was held on creating a park for small dogs, who will have their pond, water, shelter, and be fenced off, so dogs and owners will be safe from the big dogs.
The 10 acres south of the Dog Park may be used for bike trails, with a practice loop for skills, with a proposal for the area, with a side trail at the south 10 acres for a 6 foot wide trail half way to Ledge Ditch;
The installation of the Water Rescue units is pending.
Walsh Construction has finished the storage area for softball and baseball..Games are returning to Lyons after eight years since the flood.
The Ponds water quality proposals for Aeration or nanobubble technology are being reviewed, with an estimated cost of $42,000;
DUE TO COVID THE 2021 Lyons GOOD OLD DAYS was not budgeted for; LaVern asked that the Parks & Rec Commission as well as the Town Trustees and all organizations revive it for 2022, honoring the Classes of the 0’s; 1’s; and 2’s, crown Mr. and Mrs. Good Old Day, and honor the 2022 graduates of pioneer families. Save the date..June 25th.and declare it the 4th Saturday of June, as usual,. so they can contact the Lyons alumni. as there are three classes, 1970, 1971, and 1972 who need to celebrate their 50th year; as no money was put in the budget;
The park hosts are back .
TRASH IN PARKS: Everyone is asked to take a trash bag with you when you go into the Parks and pickup over the busy weekends.
and to Kurt Carlson who has applied to be the Director of Boulder County Park & Rec & Open Space Department Volunteers are needed to clean up on Holidays, after the weekends, and all during summer.
There is still vandalism in our beautiful parks; if you see cars driving in the parks in the evening take their licenses; Security cameras are recommended. The last is tearing the handles off the towel, faucets,etc., as well as smearing soap all over.
Pending Topics are:
2 What to do about the Apple Valley plots that now belong to the County-Does Lyons want them?
The next meeting Monday, will be August 9th; at 6:00pm
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