NOTE FROM EDITOR: We normally put Town Hall news in our “News Briefs from Your Editor” weekly column, but there are so many important ones this week, which extend into the new year, we felt it would be a good way to “wrap up the year” with a separate article, so that readers can access this information instantly, without searching through the weekly “News Briefs.”
|Capital Improvement Projects – December Updates|
Safe Route to School & 4th Ave Pedestrian Bridge
Construction bids for this project due Dec 15. Staff expects that the work on the project will begin after the New Year. This project is to replace the pedestrian bridge over the North St Vrain Creek and to safely connect the elementary school students and middle school students, while also providing a stronger pedestrian connection for all in Lyons. This project is funded together with CDOT and Boulder County Collaborative funding.
St Vrain Trail Extension
Design proposals were submitted early December for the St Vrain Trail Extension which will provide an extension of the trail along the old railroad right of way from McConnell to the US-36/SH-66 intersection. Funding is provided by DRCOG, Town of Lyons and Boulder County.
Welch Ct Sewer Line Replacement
The sewer line from the end of Welch Ct to 2nd Ave & Cobblestone Ct will be replaced. This includes replacing a manhole in the middle of 2nd Ave at Cobblestone Ct. Funding is provided from ARPA federal funds.
|Ice Rink Update – Weather Dependent|
As of December 14, …We are waiting for colder temps, which still are a long way off in order to get the outdoor ice rink ready. While the temperatures have been nice and toasty, they don’t help for ice skating.
When we do get temperatures cold enough and long enough to make ice, the parks and public works staff will work to set up the rink. At this time, the Town still intends to hold the Winter Wonderland Concert series .
|April 5 Municipal Election|
The Town of Lyons will hold the next regular Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 to elect six trustee seats and a Mayor to serve on the Board of Trustees. Each term is for two years.
Registered electors 18 years of age or older may be a candidate and hold office if they have resided inside Town limits for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding April 5, 2022. Candidate packets will be available at the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall on or after Jan. 4, 2022 and nomination petitions may be circulated beginning the same day. The petition must be signed by at least 10 registered electors who reside inside Town limits. dog
For individuals who are interested in learning more about becoming a candidate, the Lyons Regional Library and the Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce held a candidate information forum last month. The forum included expectations of time commitment and the role of a Board member. Learn more .
|Dogs and Leashes|
The Town and the Boulder County Animal Control office remind residents to keep your dog on a leash when walking through town, on public streets and the parks. The off-leash dog park is in Bohn Park. Your dog must also be leashed along the path to the dog park. Any dog related issues should be reported directly to Boulder County Animal Control. Their number is 303.441.4444
|RV Parking OrdinanceNEW!|
Effective January 18, 2022, recreation vehicles, watercraft and trailers in excess of 20 feet in length excluding hitches and tongues, may not be parked on town streets or right-of-way for periods longer than 72 hours.
|Holiday Giving Drive|
You can help ensure every neighbor enjoys holiday meals and a comfortable season, by donating non-perishable food, toiletries, or funds to the Holiday Giving Drive. The Holiday Giving Drive is a collaboration between the Town of Lyons and the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF), to provide hope and a spirit of community this holiday season.
Donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and funds can be dropped off in the Cookie Monster Donation Bin, located in the front office of Town Hall, during normal office hours (Mon – Fri, 8AM to 4:30PM). The donations will be collected and distributed by LEAF.
If you’d like to learn more about supporting or seeking assistance from LEAF, visit leaflyons.org.
|Summit Affordable Housing Mobilization Starting|
The construction mobilization for the Summit Affordable Housing development begins this week. The land purchase was finalized in November. The contractor will begin preparations, including moving a construction trailer onto their property. They will begin to fence off the social trails in the area as they move equipment into the area.
|Boulder County and ARPA|
The Boulder County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) announced next steps for the process of determining how to best invest federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to address the needs of individuals most impacted by COVID-19.
Three working groups will be created to work from January through March 2022 to identify and recommend project, program, and policy solutions that address the three main challenges identified in phase one of the community engagement process: Economic Challenges, Housing Affordability, and Mental Health and Social Resilience.
Working groups will be comprised of community members, nonprofit leaders, policy experts and county leadership and staff with expertise in the focus areas. Community members with expertise in the focus areas who are interested in applying were given an opportunity to contact Town Hall.
|Winter Wonderland Concerts|
The Town of Lyons is planning to host 3 winter concerts with live music in LaVern Johnson Park in January and February. The first concert is scheduled for January 8, from 2 – 4 pm. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and temperatures will get cold enough soon for the Parks Staff to set up the ice rink.
Thanks for the generous support from the Lyons Community Foundation for the concert series.