In addition to paid staff, the town has a strong board and commission structure that supports the Board of Trustee in their research and recommendations. A Board and Town staff liaison is assigned to each board and commission. These committees are advisory in nature (except for the Planning and Community Development Commission and the Board of Adjustment). All boards and commissions are made of volunteers and include both residents and non-residents (there can only be two non-residents board/commission). Activated in 2020: Historic Preservation Commission and Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee.
Board of Adjustments – 2 vacancies (not advisory group)
Ecology Advisory Board – 1 vacancy
Economic Vitality Commission – 0 vacancies
Historic Preservation Commission – 3 vacancies
Housing & Human Services – 2 vacancies
Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission – 0 vacancies
Parks and Recreation Commission – 1 vacancy
Planning & Community Development Commission – 0? vacancies (not advisory group)
Revolving Loan Fund Committee – 0 vacancies
Student Advisory Commission – 0 vacancies
Sustainable Futures Commission – 0 vacancies
Utilities & Engineering Board – 1 vacancy
The Boards & Commissions are allowed (in general) two members from outside the town limits; and the remainder must be Lyons residents.
These positions are all voluntary.
LINK to Application. The app is sent to the mayor, and they will contact you. The mayor will swear you in at a regular bi-monthly BOT meeting.
Details on missions, meeting days, members
Ecology Advisory Board
1 vacancy (confirmed) Prospective member must be a Lyons resident.
Meet: 3rd Tuesday, 6:30p.m., virtual
Advises Board of Trustees on matters pertaining to environmental and land use issues within the town. Given Lyons’ location at the confluence of the North and South. St Vrain creeks and the abundant surrounding natural areas, the EAB advises with the view that Lyons occupies a unique and environmentally sensitive location.
Greg Lowell, Chair
Kate Zalzal – resigned fall 2023
Housing and Human Services Commission
Meet: 2nd Monday of the month, 4:30-6pm at the library.
2 vacancies (confirmed)
The mission of the Lyons Housing & Human Services Commission, as established in the Lyons Recovery Action Plan, is to provide coordination and communication with various private, non- profit, and county entities in an effort to assess and fill the gaps in human service provision and identify unmet needs in the Lyons and greater Lyons (80540) area.
Kay Sparks, chair
Julie Jacobs, scribe
Parks & Recreation Commission
1 vacancy (confirmed)
Meet: 2nd Monday, 6-8 pm at the library (with the option to zoom in).
Advise the Board of Trustees on all matters pertaining to the operation, maintenance, improvement and development of the Town’s parks and recreation programs and facilities.
Yelena Hughes, Chair
Thomas Delker, Vice Chair
Utility & Engineering Board
1 vacancy (confirmed)
Meet: 3rd Wedn. 4:30 p.m., library
Advises the Board of Trustees and works with the Utilities 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.
James Kerr, Chair
Board of Adjustments
(only meet “as needed”)
2 vacancies (confirmed)
Although the BOA has several roles, the most typical purpose of the BOA is to hold hearings on variance applications. The BOA does not act on policy matters or take any action unless a need for a hearing arises under the Municipal Code. On average, the BOA meets two to three times a year.
Connie Eyster, Chair
HISTORY PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Has 3 vacancies (confirmed). Has not been able to meet the quorum needed to vote since June; last meeting was January 17, 2024.
Meet: 3rd Wedn. at 4p.m. on zoom only
Advises the Board of Trustee on matters of history preservation in Lyons, and conducts projects.
Sarah Lorang, Chair
0 Vacancies; however, per the Chair, several sunseted commissioners who would like to be replaced but have been caring enough to stay with it. It is a very exciting mission on the very highest level problems we face. (confirmed)
Meet: 2nd Wedn., 6:30p.m., library or virtual
Advise the Board of Trustees on matters relating to sustainable practices and policies and to support and improve the environmental stewardship of the Town and its citizens. The SFC aims to inspire, motivate, and lead the community towards a future that is increasingly resilient and locally sustainable by prioritizing the reduction of human impact on environmental systems.
Edward Kean, Chair
Jeff Christy, Vice Chair
ECONOMIC VITALITY COMMISSION
0 vacancies (confirmed)
Meet: 3rd Wed. 8:30 a.m., library
Advise the Board of Trustees on matters relating to ways to develop new business, strengthen and support existing business, increase the Town’s sales tax base and otherwise promote economic development in the Town.
Paul Dreyer, Chair
LYONS ARTS & HUMANITIES COMMISSION (LAHC)
No vacancies presently (confirmed)
Meet: 2nd Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., library
The mission of the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission (LAHC) is to beautify the streets of downtown Lyons, promote local artists, and educate the viewing public on artistic inspirations and procedures.
Claudia Paterno, Chair
Planning and Community Development Commission PCDC
No vacancies (confirmed)
Meet: 2nd Monday at 6:30p.m., town hall
**NOTE** The PCDC does not have any current openings but I encourage anyone interested to obtain a Commission application on the Town of Lyons website because there may be openings in the next few months. — Election of Chair will occur at the next meeting, Feb. 12, 2024.
Not an advisory group. Mission:…………………
Barney Dreistadt, Chair
NOTE: These two boards are independent of the Town BOT.
==Lyons Historical Society d/b/a Lyons Redstone Museum – contact president Jerry Johnson, WEB PAGE // 303-823-5271 // email@example.com // P O Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540
==Library Board – Lyons Regional Library District – contact president Gil Sparks – WEB PAGE email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Lyons Regional Library District Board, PO Box 619, Lyons CO 80540.
Run for Mayor or Board of Trustee (applications due by January 22, including “signatures”)
The Town of Lyons is a statutory town organized with six trustees and one mayor that are
elected at large by the voters to set legislative and financial policies for operating the town
government. Trustees and mayor are elected for two-year terms. A town administrator is
appointed to implement the policies, manage personnel and to oversee daily operations. The
town government is made up of several departments including Finance and the Town Clerk’s
office, Parks and Public Works, Utilities and Engineering, Community Development (Planning),
as well as Public Relations and Economic Development.
The Board of Trustees also serves as the Lyons Urban Renewal Authority, along with
representatives from Boulder County, St. Vrain Valley School District, Lyons Fire Protection
District and a member at large. They meet on a regular basis to consider the business of the
URA. Minutes of all the Town’s board and commissions can be found online or at town hall.
INFORMATION ON Procedures and Links to Application