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A Minute With the Mayor


A Minute with the Mayor by Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston

June, 2017

Summer is here.  Mother Nature was being kind to us there in May but turned up the burners a little here in June.  It’s keeping the pool busy anyway!  We’re off to a great start to the pool season.  We had to replace the chemical controller right at the start of the season.  The repair work we did last year wasn’t working so we ended up replacing the existing unit.  We’re back to stable Ph levels which help keep the pool on an even keel.  We’ve also been able to hire enough lifeguards to get us through the summer.  We got our insurance bill for up-coming year (starts July 1st).  Premiums when up about $3000.00 to $105,000.00 but the replacement costs for certain areas went up also.  We currently insure almost $18 million in property, automobiles and equipment.

The council talked about those buildings on Main Street that received yellow repair placards.  The city is very much willing to work with property owners as long as they show progress in repairing the portions of their buildings identified as requiring attention.  In addition to those buildings needing repair work, the council discussed the bowling alley and its timeline for demolition.  An interested party stepped forward wanting some time to explore the idea of establishing another business in the building, which the council agreed too, but since the council meeting the interested party has had difficulty locating the owner of the building and the demolition company was ready to move forward with the tear down.  In the best interest of the surrounding buildings, the council is proceeding with the demolition.

The city has completed the tarring of cracks around town that it had budgeted for this year.  More to come next year.  We also continue to work through the electrical upgrades for the Brehmer Mfg. expansion.  A representative from Habitat for Humanity was at the council meeting to discuss doing some work in Lyons in August.  They are looking for a couple of houses in close proximity to each other that could use a little TLC.  They are planning a “Rock the Block” party on August 26th from 10 am to 3 pm to provide home repair and restoration services.  Anyone is welcome to come and help and volunteer that day.  More information will be coming in August.  Dan Westerhold is replacing Sandy Posvar on the Planning Commission Board.  Thank you Sandy for your many years of service to the city and welcome aboard Dan.  Logan Valley Baptist Church has submitted a building permit for a new building and concrete work located on South 4th Street.  We’re excited to have them put down roots with a new church.  The 4th of July will be here before we know it and with that comes the Bluegrass celebration.  You’ve probably seen the fliers posted all over town listing the day’s events.  I hope to see all of you there.  The day will end, of course, with our annual fireworks display.

The pool will be open that day from noon to 3 pm and it will be free admission that day.  Talking about things that put us in a festive mood, what do you think about the new banners that are lining Main Street?  Aren’t they fantastic!  You can thank your Community Club for those.  You’ll also be able to thank them for the new Christmas light displays that will adorn the light poles this winter.  The Lyons Community Club is able to provide those wonderful “extras” for the community thanks to your support of their fundraisers they do throughout the year (like the 4th of July celebration).

Thank you Community Club for all your hard work and willingness to keep Lyons a great community to live, work and play in!  That’s all I have for now.  Stay cool and talk to you soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

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A Minute With The Mayor, Andy Fuston


By Lyons Mayor, Andy Fuston

Football and volleyball season is finally here! Nebraska is off to a great start. What a win Saturday against Oregon! The Wolverines hard work isn’t necessarily reflected in the win/loss column but it takes time to get use to integrating two teams under one scheme and then playing in a new division. They had a nice win on Friday. Congratulations to them. The Nebraska volleyball team keeps on rolling like last year and the lady Wolverines are making strides as well. Change is never easy and combining high school sports comes with its own set of challenges.   We are very fortunate to have great coaches and teachers to help ease that transition, not to mention a student body second to none!

Speaking of transitions, the council will have a new council member come January. With the election coming up in November, Lana won’t be on the ballot for the first time in twelve years. She will definitely be missed but with change comes opportunity. Lyons has been fortunate to have had a city council that wants nothing but success for the community. When you all want what is best for your community it makes it pretty easy to do the right things and make the right decisions. So make sure you come out and vote in November. It is the first step in making your community government a success.

As for the September council meeting, we approved the budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. On the positive side, our valuation dropped by over $500,000.00. This lowered some property tax. On the negative side, valuation dropped by $500,000.00. This means we have less money to work with in our general fund for the upcoming year because we will have less tax revenue. It is a double edge sword.   We will have to tighten the city belt a little more and prioritize a little harder to keep our fiscal ship sailing. As you saw in last week’s paper the city approved some work to be completed on the exterior of the community center and library. Hopefully that will help with some water issues we’ve had on the south side of the community building. I would much rather have the maintenance done now than wait until it becomes really expensive to fix. We have asked the library foundation to assist with the cost of library repairs. The city was asked about running electrical and water to the property just south of the city dump. We won’t have to re-zone that property so we will be running those utilities out there. The council approved the contract to have the water tank issues taken care of. We gave and little and so did the water tower company on who was responsible for paying for what. Now we just need to get on the list so they can get us scheduled to do the work. Probably will be next spring sometime. Northeast Economic Development will be at our next meeting to discuss different options for the street lighting project. I’m still hopeful we can find some financial assistance to help us with project. Part of the meeting was spent discussing the old bowling alley. We have gotten a bid for demolishing it. Unfortunately it looks like the city is not going to have any recourse but to condemn the building. We are in the process of doing that. What it means is that we will end up being on the hook for raising it. It is so very frustrating but the alternative is to let it rot and fall in by itself, probably damaging the adjoining building. I wish there was something else we could do but I’m afraid our back is up against the wall again.

I can’t think of much less happening at the moment. The Ladies Night Out part was really enjoyable. I know this only because I helped to bar tend! Everybody really seemed to enjoy the evening. We’ve got the Community Club golf outing this coming Sunday so if you haven’t signed up you better get to calling! Take care, enjoy the fall weather and we’ll talk to you soon.

 

 

A Minute with the Mayor


A Minute with the Mayor by Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston

August 2016

 

The dog days of summer are upon us. School has started and football & volleyball season is about to begin. The fall and consistently cooler weather is just around the corner! I’m excited! The nice thing about the hot weather is that the pool has been really busy all summer.

There were forty kids who participated in swimming lessons this summer. The Schwan’s guy said Lyons has been his top seller of treats of all the pools in his territory this summer. It has been a great season overall. I can’t tell you the number of people who have told me how impressed visiting family members have been with the pool itself and the professionalism, graciousness of the lifeguarding team. We’ve had some equipment issues that have caused the pool to have to be closed on occasion but we continue to work through those. The pool closes for the season in just a couple of days so get out there and enjoy.

It’s budget time again. Mary Lou has plugged the numbers in and the council has reviewed the budget. Final city approval will occur at the September meeting with the state approval coming by October 1st. The budget doesn’t get any easier. We continue to work diligently to balance the needs of the city with the burden of taxes and utility costs to the consumer. Working with the upfront costs of grant matching is probably the hardest. We can budget for it this years but the application process can take so long that the grant reimbursement won’t happen until the following year. It really plays havoc in the budget process when multiple years are involved.

Speaking of grants, we did not get the grant we were hoping for regarding the street lighting project. Bummer. We are working on other grant/funding avenues to assist us with this project. The problem is the infrastructure continues to age and deteriorate as we defer replacement due to financial constraints. We might have to do the project in phases instead of all at the same time. I’ll I know is that we have to try and keep moving forward. I would rather tackle these infrastructure projects proactively than deal with the increased cost of emergency replacement. We’ve done some seam coating work to the community center roof and have finally got someone to look at the mortar joints on the east side of the building where we have had some water leaking issues. We are still waiting to hear back from EAI on the water tower repairs.

The city crew has also done some street repair work along 5th street. Lastly, we’re still trying to figure out the best course of action for the information sign that was next to the library. We really don’t want to put it back where it was because it would detract from the beauty of the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza but we still feel it is a nice community function to have. We continue to work on a solution. The August meeting was fairly short and to the point so not a lot more to talk about.

Let’s be sure to cheer on the new era of Wolverine sports. It will be different but truly exciting!

Take care and we’ll talk to you soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

A Minute with the Mayor


What a great day the 4th of July was. The weather was perfect as were all the events that went on throughout the day. It all culminated in another fantastic fireworks display. It was an Independence Day done right by Lyons once again! But this year was more than a celebration of our country’s independence.

It was a celebration of Lyons doing what it does best – caring about Lyons, the people living in it and its future! My heart burst for joy seeing all those who came out to support the fun run/walk for Arizona Riecken. It wasn’t as much about raising money as it was it to show him and the Riecken family just how much they are loved and supported by this community. What was raised for financial support pales in comparison to the moral support I know they all felt. And then there was the dedication of the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza. I knew it would be well attended but once again I was overwhelmed with the number of people who came out to support our past, present and future veterans.

It was wonderful to have our state senator, Lydia Brasch, and our lt. Governor, Mike Foley, speak at the ceremony. Their speeches captured the spirit of what the Veterans’ Memorial means to our veterans and the citizens of Lyons. But without community support, the project would have just stayed a dream.   The purchase of the 300 hundred tiles to honor loved ones and the start of the next 300. We can’t forget about the countless fundraisers that were put-on to raise funds for the rebuilding of the plaza because people believed in the dream. Our own school children (you know the younger generation that we always worry about not really understanding just what freedom looks like?) raising over $13,000 for the cause. If you ask me, I don’t think we have much to worry about with at least our group of young people! And then we can’t forget about our American Legion, VFW and Auxiliary. They all worked very hard to provide the people of Lyons with a solemn reminder that freedom isn’t always free and to honor their past, present and future comrades in arms. If you attended the dedication, you heard Jerry Ludwig heap praise on many, many people who helped make this dream a reality.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our heart-felt thanks to Jerry for being the life blood that worked tirelessly over the last year making this memorial a worthy tribute to our active, retired and deceased service members. It will be a crown jewel in Lyons for generations to come. We should all be very proud. Finally the day couldn’t have happened without the dedication and commitment from the people who make up the Lyons Community Club and Lyons Fire and Rescue. I know I say it every year but it really does take a lot of time and effort to organize and pull-off an all-day event like we do here in Lyons.

It takes countless volunteers to make it all happen. From the beginning of the day with the pancake feed to the end of the day with the fireworks display, none of it would be possible without the help and assistance of the people of Lyons. So for me, the 4th of July was so much more than celebrating our independence as a nation, it was about celebrating Lyons as a community and all the wonderful people who live, work and raise families here.

I’ll sign off again using the quote from Walt Disney that we have on the wall in the lobby of the community center, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Lyons has dream makers and we are so blessed because of it! Enjoy the rest of July. Stay cool! We’ll talk to you soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

A Minute with Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston


By Lyons Mayor, Andy Fuston

 

Here we are, already nearing the end of April. Hard to believe school will be out for the year in a month and those house projects I’ve been putting off due to cold weather will now have to be completed! I guess we all have to do what we need to do. The city is no different. Some projects are easy to do and no brainers like refinancing the wastewater bond that will save the city over $50,000 in interest costs over the course of the loan. Others, such as purchasing a new patrol car, aren’t as easy to decide. However, with the old police cruiser falling apart before our eyes and warranty durations shortening with new model years, the council decided to bite the bullet and authorize the purchase of a new 2015 Charger at the state bid price and a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty. This purchase will keep our police department in reliable vehicles for many years to come. The council had more discussion about the water tower issues and had a few more questions for EIA (the water tank designer/manufacturer) that hopefully will be answered by the May meeting. Once we are satisfied with the answers, we will move forward with the modifications. The Storefront Theater is gearing up for its first full season on Main Street. Marilyn Tenney presented the council with a check from the proceeds of the sale of the Lyons DVD to help toward future upkeep. The library will be the entity to manage the schedule of events so if you are interested in having an outdoor movie event, visit with them. The city will still need to be involved due to blocking off the street and such but I’m excited about the potential the theater could mean to community interaction.

You might have noticed that the community sign by the library has been taken down. We removed it due to the Veterans’ Memorial being constructed. We don’t want the sign and pole to interfere with the ascetics of the Memorial. Once the construction is completed, we will evaluate if we want it back in the same place or if we want to move it. It will need to stay close to the library as that is where all the wiring for the electronic sign comes from. Town clean-up was a big success. We ran out of dumpster space which is always a good thing. Thanks for taking the time to clean up in and around your property to help make Lyons look nice. Our city street sweeping company we contract with was sold. We are getting a bid for street cleaning four times a year from the new owner. We had to repair a section of the main sanitary sewer line that had collapsed and a high service pump at water plant #2 has been repaired and back in service. We also replaced the city mower and submitted our last report to NDEQ for our plastic recycling baler.

The pool is on schedule to open at its normal time-right around Memorial Day. We have received several lifeguard applications and they will go through the approval process at the May meeting. The council has also worked through a more formalized Pool Rules and Regulations program and a Lifeguard Handbook to assist lifeguards and pool patrons with the rules of the pool. Last year was a learning experience for everyone with the new pool so I’m confident this year will be a smoother season for all.

Lastly I just wanted to remind everyone just how proud we should be of the students in our school. What the senior/junior classes did by giving up part of their post prom experience and instead donating a portion of the money to the Veterans’ Memorial gave me goosebumps! Because of their altruistic efforts, the school and Lyons/Decatur received some great kudos in the press and from community members.   How lucky are we to have such great kids representing our community. They should make you proud. I know they do me! Enjoy the nice weather. Don’t forget to vote in the upcoming primary in May. Every vote counts! Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

A Minute with Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston


Happy Hot July everyone! I hope everyone is staying as cool as possible. I know if you’ve been going to the pool, you’ve been able to do that. It has been a great first season. Attendance is up and the smiles are large. I know there have been some hiccups this season but we are working through those. We expected some growing pains with all the new things to do down there. We have been working on being consistent with rules and regulations that are posted. We are figuring out the best practice with the life guard stands; balancing swimmer and life guard safety. It is all feedback we appreciate because we hadn’t been through it yet with this pool. The season is winding down and as we get closer to school starting our pool hours are going to be more limited. Lifeguards are also going back to school and their availability will dictate how long and how often the pool will remain open the last two weeks of August.   Any changes to the schedule will be posted at the pool.

The community center is, for all intensive purpose, completed. We continue to wait on the exterior signage to be installed. The council will be setting an open house/dedication date. The council approved another building permit to Three Rivers Housing Development Corp for a new ranch house with a basement at the corner of 5th and Pearl. Three Rivers has been a fantastic community partner and we look forward to this property being developed along with future projects they are involved with. We also have a new house being built on the north side of town. People are investing in Lyons. It is good for our school system and good for the community. We continue to have issues with vehicles driving faster than the posted speed limit, especially on Diamond Street and Main Street. Main Street, particularly as you are coming into town from the west, is even a bigger concern now that we have the pool open and lots of kids out and about in that area. The council is looking at different options because the speed limit signs aren’t working very well. We are looking at possibly putting in speed bumps, writing more tickets for speeding or adding additional signage/signaling to those areas. We would prefer people just slow down and then we wouldn’t have to do any of these things but until that happens, we will need to do something.

It sounds like progress is being made on the byway outdoor theater art project on Main Street.   It will really be a neat way to bring the community together for some fun. We have received all the information needed to submit our grant proposal for the Main Street lighting project. This is another big grant that if awarded, will allow us to improve and upgrade a much needed infrastructure issue. The railroad crossing on Main St. has also been upgraded. It makes going over the tracks there so much nicer. It is usually the little things that make the biggest difference in quality life and that certainly is one of those areas that you don’t really notice when it is nice but really notice with it’s not. Finally, I just have to say, as I do every year, how great the 4th of July was. The weather was great. All of the events were fun and the fireworks were absolutely terrific! I tend to forget the fire and rescue departments when thanking everyone involved with making the day a great one right before the fireworks show begins. Chalk it off to nerves and not writing down all I need to say I guess! That doesn’t mean however that all of their hard work isn’t appreciated. I am always so proud of our community when that first fireworks explosion lightens up the dark sky. To think our display rivals any other community around just make me proud to live in Lyons. That couldn’t pride wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for other volunteers who take the time to set them up and shoot them off. My hat is always off to Lyons Community Club and the Lyons Volunteer Fire Department for carrying the torch, year after year, for making the July 4th celebration one of Lyons’ crowning jewels. That’s all I got for now. Enjoy the rest of the summer. School is coming parents so hand in there! Stay cool and we’ll talk to you soon.

 

 

A Minute with the Lyons Mayor: Andy Fuston


Wow, it seems like a long time since I’ve spoken with you. Sorry about that. I felt like I really didn’t have anything new to say and was concerned I was starting to sound like a broken record. Our two long standing projects have either been completed or are just about finished. The swimming pool is amazing. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback on how well it is being received by everyone. As I’ve said in the past, good things come to those who wait. Although we had to wait an extra pool season to get it up and running, those memories and frustrations quickly faded with all the smiles found on the kids’ faces as they played on all the amenities and in the water. We should be so proud as a community. Similarly, we should be proud of the “new and improved” community center. There are just a few details left to finish up with the project but it is done for the most part. It looks totally different on the inside. The finished walls, large windows, new flooring and new bathrooms have transformed the interior from a tired, outdated and unfinished space to a modern and contemporary community center that will represent the true spirit of Lyons for years to come. Due to engineering concerns the front entry has turned out to be less grand than originally thought but once the signage is up it will present it very nicely to the public. The one thing people will notice is that the kitchen space did not receive much cosmetic work. There is new flooring; a new stove vent hood, new air conditioning and paint but the cabinets, walls and ceiling are all the same. We just didn’t have enough money to finish off that space. If more donations come in or another grant can be achieved, that space will have additional work done to it. We have already opened it up to events and weddings but will be planning some sort of open house and dedication in the near future.

I know it hasn’t been all good news since we last spoke. The unexpected closing of Logan Valley Manor was a big loss for our little town. It has been hard for their residents, family members and the LVM team. All we can do now is look to the future and start dreaming of possibilities again. There has been correspondence with the owners of the building about what their plans are for the property. Things are still up in the air as of now. As more of the dust settles, the fate of the property will become clearer. Until they decide what they are going to do, we will stay in contact with them.

For our next big adventure we’ve applied for grant funds to improve lighting on Main Street. If we would be fortunate enough to receive the grant, all of the 1970’s street lights along Main Street will be replaced along with new wiring and concrete. We already contracted with an engineering firm out of West Point who completed a lighting study for the grant application. Again, the street lights are old and tired. A project such as this would easily provide necessary upgrades and ascetically alter the view of our downtown corridor. The grant is reviewed as they are submitted and awarded as funds are available from the state. Hopefully we will know sooner than later if our application is accepted or not. We’ll let you know one way or the other.

The city guys have been working some more on Main Street trying to take some of the ruts and bumps out of the really bad areas. We will continue to do that has time allows. As you’ve read already, the city worked with the school to remove their existing playground equipment and relocate it in Burlington Park. It was a win-win for all. If you haven’t noticed the old motel house on the highway is finally gone. It looks so much better and that area no longer creates a negative first impression when coming into Lyons. It is once again budget time. It comes around so quickly it seems. The city office and council will be formulating the city’s budget to be approved by the state by the end of August/first part of September. It is always a challenge to meet our wants and needs (mostly needs) with what we’ve got to spend. No different than at home I guess!

Finally are you gearing up for the 4th of July/Bluegrass Festival? It is going to be another fantastic day of fun events, food, fellowship and fireworks. I hope you take advantage of all the great things happening that day. There should be something going on for everyone so there are no excuses for not coming down to the park; even if for just a little while. It sounds like the weather is going to be nice as well.   Please make sure you thank your Community Club and fire department members for putting on such a wonderful experience year after year. They deserve many, many kudos for all their hard work and effort. The best way to thank them however is to come down to the park and enjoy the day! That’s if for now. Enjoy the 4th of July and all it stands for. Be safe

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

A Minute With the Mayor


Looks like spring has sprung! The days are nicer than not anymore, the grass has turned green and the buds on the trees are falling in droves with every thunderstorm we have.   In my opinion, spring is the best time of the year; a time of renewal, new growth and a sense that life is going to just be better all around. The city feels the same way. The new pool will be opening its doors soon marking new beginnings for a new generation of swimmers in Lyons. There is going to be some touch-up work done down there between now and when it opens but it will be ready to go the end of May. We still need a few more lifeguards so if you are interested or know someone who is, please apply at the city office. We will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony in May. Be watching the papers for that!

As we talk about renewal of life that spring brings us, the community center is almost ready to come out of its cocoon and be the beautiful butterfly we all envisioned almost a year ago. It certainly is in a transformative state. We have experienced some delays but we continue to make progress. I’m not yet prepared to say when the project will be completed, but we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.   Please bear with us a little longer. As I’ve told you before – it will be worth the wait.

The last two meetings have been dominated by the community center project but others items of interest also came up. We have been finalizing the paperwork for receiving our new recycling baler for plastics we received from NDEQ. We received a grant in the amount of $75,670 towards the baler. Our out-of-pocket cost to the city is roughly $10,000 or less than one-eighth the cost of the $86,000 piece of equipment. You can’t go wrong doing that kind of math! This will really help us improve our capacity for taking in plastic. It’s a win-win all the way around. The new grinder for the sewer plant was ordered. The old one shelled out and needed to be replaced. We have resealed the water filters down at the water plant. We have also completed the campground electric project just in time for camping season. The RV parking has received an electrical up-grade to accommodate larger campers. The city has also sent out condemnation letters to properties around town to those property owners whose properties require major work or are no longer fit as dwelling places. The council also gave the go ahead to order parking stops for the east side of the community center in front of the big windows. Never can be too careful these days!

Waste Connections has increased its monthly garbage fee by $105 per month. This increase will more than likely be passed on to all of us. The city also renewed our contract with Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) for some of our electric service through 2050. They deal in 30 year chunks. They’ve always provided us safe, reliable electric power so it was easy to renew the contract. NPPD supplies the bulk of our electric power but WAPA pulls a lot of their electric supply from hydro-electric sources. As the city wraps up the community center project,

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

we are turning our attention to another big project. This is the street lighting for downtown. We have contracted with Engineering Professional Services out of West Point to help us determine exactly what we need to do with our outdated street lights and electrical service to those lights. The scope of the project will also extend to the sidewalks and some sewer concerns. We need this information to apply for another grant that would help cover some of the cost of the project. This project and its scope may or may not happen depending on the grant outcome. We just know it is an issue that needs to be addressed. There will be more to come as we get further along into this process.

Okay, I think that’s all the updates I have to tell you about. Graduation and the end of the school year are just around the corner. Get those flowers and gardens planted. Just enjoy the nice weather. Have a great rest of the month and we’ll talk again soon.

 

A Minute With the Mayor


Happy 2015! Hope the New Year has started off well for you. Hard to believe Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Although the calendar seems to be going by rather quickly, the winter months are usually the slower part of the year for things going on with the city. That means there hasn’t been a whole lot to update you on lately. But because it has been a while since we last spoke, I thought I could bring you up to speed on a couple of things.

The community center is taking shape. We finally have something that you can see from the outside. What do you think of those big, beautiful windows on the east side of the building! You can also see what the front of the building windows are going to look like with the windows to the west of the main entrance. It really gives the community center a modern feel; from the inside and outside. The rest is moving a little slow but progress is being made. The big steel beam is in place where the interior divider wall once stood. It will support the new retractable partition wall that will be installed. The old concrete floor in the fire hall was removed and with new poured level. The new bathrooms and coat room are framed and ready for drywall. The new heating and cooling systems are installed.   We are at that point in construction where you really want to see the finished product now! I can’t wait for all of you to see it.

As it was reported in the newspaper a couple of weeks ago, the city is looking at some funding opportunities so we can keep moving forward with new city projects. Tax Increment Financing or T.I.F. allows a city to take future tax money it would receive from the increase in property evaluation of new construction and lump several years’ worth to use now on certain types of municipal projects. Say someone in town buildings a new building or adds on to an existing building. The tax revenue the city would receive over the next fifteen years from the increased evaluation on that new construction or addition can be bundled into one lump sum. That money can then be used to improve the area around that construction, say infrastructure within an industrial park, or to make improvements within designated parts of town. It is difficult to explain but it is a mechanism we can use to help fund certain projects. We have been working with Burt County Economic Development to develop a plan. More progress on this should be made at the February council meeting.

Not much else is happening. The school is graciously giving some of the old school playground equipment to the city. The plan as of right now is to install it up at Burlington Park by the water tower to give kids some things to do up there. We are having some issues with the sewer plant grinder right now. We have to decide if we can afford to replace it now or wait to budget the amount. We had to do some repair work to one of the emergency generators. Water got in the oil pan and did something bad. I’m not mechanical enough to explain exactly what but it has or is getting fixed now. We are still working on submitting a grant for new lighting on Main Street. We need to gather more technical information before submitting our proposal. Finally I just wanted to say a big “thank you” to the city guys for getting the city streets cleaned off so quickly. It’s tough with all that snow and with the wind blowing. I really appreciate having a city crew does such a good job! That’s it for now. Take care and stay warm. We’ll talk soon.

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

A Minute With the Mayor


Happy Thanksgiving! As we gather together with family and friends to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings we have been given this past year, I wanted to say thanks to all of you for making Lyons such a great place to live. I am so blessed to be mayor of this wonderful little community. It is hard to count all the wonderful things this past year we have accomplished. All of it made possible because of your belief in the fact that all things are possible when we put our collective minds to it!

One of those many wonderful things I’m thankful for is the remodeling of the auditorium. I know many of you are curious about the progress being made. Unlike the pool where progress was visible out in the open, the auditorium is not transforming before our eyes because it is all in-doors. I can tell you it is transforming. The floor of the old fire hall has been removed and is being prepped for a new flat one. The men’s and handicap bathrooms are gone. Even a large portion of the central wall has been torn down to open up the space between the two rooms. When the new floor to ceiling windows go in where the bay garage doors are now is when things will really start to look good. So we are making progress.

We had the election. It looks like we will have a new council member for the first time in eight years. Congratulations to Kyle Brink who will be taking over for Roger Anderson. I think Kyle will make a fine addition to the council. I’m excited to get to work with him. I do however want to give a big “thank you” to Roger for all his years of service to the City of Lyons. Lyons is a better place because of Roger’s commitment to the future of this community. He has been a constant source of knowledge and level headedness. He has given selflessly of his time and energy all in the name of community improvement. I’m a better mayor thanks in part to Roger’s wisdom and counsel. It takes a special type of person to be a city council person. Roger has proven to be a very special person in my book. Roger’s last council meeting as a councilman is December’s. Please take the time when you see him to thank him for his service to Lyons. He deserves a big pat on the back!

As we move forward towards the next four years, part of me hopes we are as busy as or busier than we have been the last four years. The other part of me hopes it is a lot less! I feel good about the direction the city moving. Like I said, we have lots of things to be thankful for. I hope you all feel the same way.   Enjoy your holiday. Good luck with your power shopping on Friday! Take care, be safe and we’ll talk to you soon.

 

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

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