==Boulder County Sheriff Sgt Sears reported on Longmont Humane Society Contract, which covers Lyons; no additional cost. He thanked the BOT for approval of Flock Cameras. The CDOT permit is taking longer than expected, and he is hoping for early spring. He is looking into a potential grant to cover expenses. He will report on homelessness, policies and resources. END of YEAR: 28 accidents in town.
==Town Administrator Simonsen reported: a grant opportunity for co-responder position to come back to Lyons. She will be working with LEAF on their new suicide postvention program starting in January. Aaron is to work on the DOLA micro-grid roadmap.
==The BOT approved four items on consent at the January 2 meeting including allowing for the April 2, 2024 municipal election to be a mail ballot election.
==In addition the BOT appointed the Town Attorney and approved an agreement with the firm, WWFD for legal services for the Town. Attorney Dittman stated that his hourly fee had gone up due to his promotion, but that he still wanted to charge a lower fee to the Town. The contract not changed since 7/2018; a slight increase, with a substantial discount.
==The January 16 meeting had 4 items on consent including a waiver of certain development fees for the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) and their new facilities (the old Valley Bank building). Potential $1000 fee for PUD applications. At the January 2 meeting, the BOT held a discussion regarding the fee waiver proposal for the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF), which was brought forward as a resolution at the following January 16 meeting.
==The BOT held the first reading for Ordinance 1156 to amend the code to modify the review process for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) to be a permitted use instead of a conditional use.
==There were also two public hearings at the January 2 BOT meeting, including a resolution to refer a one half percent sales tax increase to the voters for the April 2, 2024 municipal election /and/ a resolution setting the property tax mill levy for the 2024 budget year..
++We have asked Mayor Hollie Rogin to provide us with a description of the tax increase measure so that our readers can have a “studied” decision.
==Trustee Delman reported that the PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION would like to know of events that they can volunteer for.
==Mayor Pro Tem Farrell shared that the PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Commission/PCDC supported the streamlined administrative process for ADU’s.
==Mayor Rogin noted that the ARTS & HUMANITIES/LAHC will be hosting a retreat on January 21. The LAHC also is working with a local sculptor on Mrs. LaVern Johnson statue to be placed by the Lyons Historic Railroad Depot.
==Trustee Oetting noted that the UTILITIES/UEB discussed time of use and rate structure.
==Trustee Daty noted that the HUMAN & HOUSING/HHSC has two vacancies currently and appreciated the update from the Chair of the HHSC to the BOT.
== Trustee Elson noted that the SUSTAINABLE/SFC has refined their goal setting and will recommend a sustainability coordinator to the BOT for the next year. The EAB had not yet met in January.
==Trustee Williams reported that the HISTORIC PRESERVATION/HPC needs more community members to serve to guide Historic Preservation for Lyons. The HPC had not yet met in January. (They had a retreat in December, and a meeting was scheduled for January 17, 2024).
==ECONOMIC VITALITY gave a report: Revolving Loan Fund Background and Update – Mike Porter/Paul Dryer presented. Commission considers it one fund; applicants must meet criteria. About $150K is available to local businesses. The staff gets the completed application, but USDA wants the staff to not be involved otherwise.
The Lyons Recorder contacted all the CHAIRS of the Boards and Commissions and got a list of vacancies. There are currently 10, and it is anticipated more will open up in spring.
See this ARTICLE for a list of vacancies, and names of the people currently serving, as well as a link to the application.