The Town of Lyons Utilities & Engineering Board gave a report to the Board of Trustees (BOT) on their accomplishments in 2021, and their goals in 2022. There is one vacancy on their Board. If you would like to be part of what happens in your town, contact Town Hall for an application to be a board member. Each Town commission and board studies matters and presents a recommendation to the BOT.
The Lyons Utilities and Engineering Board (UEB) is an advisory committee to the Board of Trustees and works with the Utilities and Engineering Director to review and make recommendations to the Town regarding utility rates, capital projects and other matters related to the Town utilities and engineering projects. See Municipal Code Sec. 2-8-190 for details.
Plans for 2022, presented to the BOT by UEB chair Jim Kerr:
Review electric system master planning and connect to town GIS as feasible. Determine anything that requires updating and potential priority projects.
Continue work on the Lyons solar farm.
Establish residential street lighting standards and develop a plan to upgrade to LED residential street lighting.
Begin assessing possible electric rate restructuring such as time of use and or demand pricing based on newly implemented electric smart meter data. As part of the new rate restructuring consider changing the previous net metering policy for prior customers from an annual to monthly reconciliation.
Research alternatives on how Lyons can cost effectively increase its share of renewable energy.
Review water system master planning. Determine anything that requires updating and potential priority projects.
Review water system zone and pressure issues. Monitor the recently completed First Ave project to see if water pressures improve as projected and adequately address the hydrant lows/pressures.
Make recommendations on how to assess the potential existence of lead piping in service lines relative to potential contamination.
Review wastewater system master planning. Determine anything that requires updating and potential priority projects.
Review planning for WWTP rerating and CDPHE general permit issues and work with town staff on implementation program in conjunction with Honeywell negotiations.
Recommend municipal code changes to provide for a Wastewater High Strength Side Streaming Allowance. Wastewater charges are based on water usage, but with side streaming this water is diverted and may not be appropriate to be included in the calculation of high strength waste.
Revisit the high strength wastewater charging program reexamining the cost to treat such wastewater above normal domestic strength wastewater.
Monitor the Welch court project to ensure it gets completed as expected and performs up to specifications.
Make recommendations on the adequacy and monitoring of grease traps in local businesses.
Review stormwater system master planning. Determine anything that requires updating and potential priority projects.
Determine feasibility and costs for addressing the Red Gulch stormwater potential impacts to Lyons Valley Park.
Work with Ecology Advisory Board on potential water quality improvement measures at stormwater outlets.
Assess the effectiveness of the recently completed High Street stormwater project.
Review and comment on Utility Financials
Coordinate with the update of the Lyons Comprehensive Plan to ensure that utility and engineering issues are adequately addressed.
Make recommendations on how GIS can be further be improved.
The UEB meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 4:30 – 6:00 virtually using the Zoom meeting application. Meeting agenda with Zoom link is posted on the Town’s website at least 24 hours prior to each meeting. The public are always welcome and encouraged to attend
UEB Members as of 6 September 2022:
Jim Kerr – Chair
Chris Meline – Vice Chair
Larry Quinn – Vice Vice Chair
BOT liaison: Greg Oetting
Staff liaison: Aaron Caplan
Town Utility Staff Report 8/22/22
Utility Update – MEAN looking to develop a Green Rate (Wind energy), is town utility
190 rates up to date?
Solar generation/storage out to bid. Complication in funding for 191 project.
Undergrounding electric update.
Water policies being updated to bring to the 192 board.
MPT Farrell asked about RV dump station.
Discussion on Grow Smart Water 193 Meeting in Estes; Trustee Oetting cannot attend.
See their Utilities Board Minutes to read details about these topics.
See the Board of Trustee Minutes on 8/22/22 for a copy of the report.