Lyons City Council Meeting Agenda


 

A Copy of the “Open Meetings Act” Has Been Posted on the Bulletin Board on the East Side in the Council Chambers.

 

LYONS CITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

April 4, 2017 – 5:30 P.M.

 

The City Council reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time as deemed appropriate and in accordance with State Statute.

  1. ROUTINE BUSINESS

 

  1. Meeting called to order.

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING

None.

 

        III.  CONSENT AGENDA

Recommended Action: Approval of Consent Agenda

NOTE: All items are automatically approved when the Consent Agenda is approved unless moved to the Regular Agenda by the request of any single Council member.

  1. Dispense with reading of minutes of meetings held March 7, March 14, and March 27.
  2. Claims as presented.
  3. Treasurer report.
  4. Clerk Report of Mayoral Action of March 7 meeting: Resolution No 2017-2 Authorize Mayor Fuston to sign the CDBG application documents was approved and signed.

Motion and second to approve the Consent Agenda/Tabulation of Vote.

 

 

  1. REGULAR AGENDA / NEW BUSINESS

Consideration and Action:

 

 

  1. Brandy McElroy – Discuss allowing chickens in city limits.

 

  1. Tina McRoberts – Discuss closing the street for an auction (around S 2nd St and State St).

 

  1. Lori Wheaton – Discuss grill repair in Brink Park.

 

  1. Brain Depew – Bowling Alley comments.

 

  1. Police report by Chief Buck.

 

  1. Library & Grant reports by Mike Heavrin.

 

  1. Utilities report.
  1. Bowling Alley.
  2. Main St Inspections.
  3. Brehmer Mfg Electric Project.
  4. Spring Clean-Up.
  5. Utility Employee.
  6. Water Tower.
  7. Surplus Equipment.

 

  1. Clerk’s Report.
    1. Income Statement – General.
    2. Income Statement – Utility.
    3. Budget Reports – General and Utility.
    4. Discuss having the pet clinic in April and what location.
    5. Change the July 4th Council meeting.

 

 

 

 

LYONS CITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

April 4, 2017 – 5:30 P.M.

 

  1. Consider rate of pay for pool managers and lifeguards.
    1. Rate of pay for manager, assistant manager, lifeguards. Prior year, $10.75, $9.25, $8.00 respectively.
    2. Motion and second by City Council.
    3. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Approve/not approve the appointment of Roger Andersen to the Lyons Planning Commission.
    1. Motion and second by City Council.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Consider a special designated liquor license to Fallout Bar for Brittney Burgett’s wedding event on June 3, 2017, at Lyons Community Center.
    1. Motion and second by Council members to approve/not approve the request for a Special Designated Liquor License.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Consider a special designated liquor license to Fallout Bar for the 4th of July Beer Garden at Brink Park on July 4, 2017 in Lyons, NE.
    1. Motion and second by Council members to approve/not approve the request for a Special Designated Liquor License.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Consider a special designated liquor license to Fallout Bar for the Annual Street Dance on July 15, 2017.
    1. Motion and second by Council members to approve/not approve the request for a Special Designated Liquor License.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Consider a special designated liquor license to Lyons Vol. Fire Dept for the Alumni Dance on May 27, 2017, at the Lyons Community Center.
    1. Motion and second by Council members to approve/not approve the request for a Special Designated Liquor License.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Consider a special designated liquor license to Lyons Vol. Fire Dept for the Fireman’s Street Dance on July 3, 2017.
    1. Motion and second by Council members to approve/not approve the request for a Special Designated Liquor License.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Approve/not approve the building permit to Jacob & Darlene Stromer for a garage & storage at 840 Debbie Ln, Lyons, NE. Planning Commission recommends approval.
    1. Motion and second from Council Members.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Approve/not approve the building permit to Kathryn Frey for an addition to the house at 530 State St, Lyons, NE. Planning Commission recommends approval.
    1. Motion and second from Council Members.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Motion and second by Council members to adjourn the meeting.
    1. Tabulation of vote.

Public Attends Open House for Remodeled Lyons Community Center


The Lyons Mayor and City Council opened the doors for the public to view the newly remodeled Lyons Community Center on Sunday.

The building, constructed in 1964, has been maintained over the years, but with changing times, the mayor and council felt it was time to remodel the building in order to keep up with the times.

“With the building of the new pool and now remodeling the community center, Lyons is a community that is thriving,” stated Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston.

Upon entering the building, one will become keenly aware of how much effort was put into redoing the center, from top to bottom. It doesn’t remotely resemble the former interior at all. There is new flooring, new windows, lighting, a drop down video screen, a portable stage and, of course, new paint on the walls. There are also new bathrooms, much roomier than the previous ones.

To achieve such a goal takes money, of course, and a great deal of it. Fortunately, grants were obtained to assist the city in alleviating costs.

Mike Heavrin, the Lyons Library Director, is also a grant writer for the city. “We can’t thank him enough for the time and effort he put into writing the grants for the city,” Mayor Fuston said.

The city was fortunate to receive assistance from three different entities. The Nielsen Foundation provided a grant for $125,000, the Nebraska Civic, Lorraine Glissman of Lyons wished the city $170,000 and Community Center Financing Fund put the city over the top with a grant of $375,000. After the project was completed, the total cost was around $900,000, with the city only putting in approximately $200,000.

The Mayor and Council are very proud of the project and what it will mean to the community. “We’ve taken that jewel, polished it up and put it back on the crown,” stated Mayor Fuston.

One feature the Mayor spoke of was the decal on the right wall upon entering the community center and what it says: You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it takes people to make the dream a reality-Walt Disney.

“I wanted something that summed up what Lyons is all about,” said Mayor Andy Fuston.

Contact the Lyons City Office for details on renting the newly remodeled facility.

The decal that says what Lyons is all about. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The decal that says what Lyons is all about. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The open house for the remodeled community center in Lyons. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The open house for the remodeled community center in Lyons. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The new windows at the Lyons Community Center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The new windows at the Lyons Community Center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The windows, with shades that go up and down with a push of a button. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The windows, with shades that go up and down with a push of a button. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston addresses the crowd at the open house for the remodeled community center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston addresses the crowd at the open house for the remodeled community center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Those in attendance listen to the mayor's speech at the open house for the community center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and chief, Kat Country Hub.

Those in attendance listen to the mayor’s speech at the open house for the community center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and chief, Kat Country Hub.

Those that oversaw the remodeling project are, back from left: Council member Kyle Brink, former Council member Roger Andersen, Lyons Library Director and Grant Writer for the city, Mike Heavrin. Front row, from left: Cem Mock, Nielsen Foundation President, Mayor Andy Fuston, Council member Charlie Wheaton and Council member Allen Steinmeyer. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Those that oversaw the remodeling project are, back from left: Council member Kyle Brink, former Council member Roger Andersen, Lyons Library Director and Grant Writer for the city, Mike Heavrin. Front row, from left: Cem Mock, Nielsen Foundation President, Mayor Andy Fuston, Council member Charlie Wheaton and Council member Allen Steinmeyer. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

A plaque in the entry way listing those that oversaw the process of the remodeling project. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

A plaque in the entry way listing those that oversaw the process of the remodeling project. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Plaques in the entry way recognizing the Nielsen Center and Glissman's for their contributions to the community center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Plaques in the entry way recognizing the Nielsen Center and Glissman’s for their contributions to the community center. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

 

Reminder: Lyons Community Center Open House is Today


An open house for the newly remodeled Community Center in Lyons is from 1:30-2:30 p.m. today. Everyone is invited to attend and see the beautifully redone Community Center! Refreshments will also be served.

Upcoming Event Reminders


A homecoming pep rally will be held at the Oakland-Craig elementary school gymnasium today at 1:30 p.m. The homecoming football game against Ponca begins at 7:00 p.m. at the football field in Oakland. Following the game, the homecoming king and queen will be crowned at the football field.

Sunday, Sept. 27th is an open house for the newly remodeled Community Center in Lyons. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Wed., Sept. 30th is the Oakland City Council regular monthly meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda is on file at the Oakland City Office.

 

Lyons City Council Agenda


 

A Copy of the “Open Meetings Act” Has Been Posted on the Bulletin Board on the North Side in the Council Chambers.

 

LYONS CITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

August 4, 2015 – 4:30 P.M. Budget Workshop

 

The City Council reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time as deemed appropriate and in accordance with State Statute.

 

 

  1. Meeting called to order.

 

  1. Budget work session.

 

  1. Adjourn.

 

 

August 4, 2015 – 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting

 

The City Council reserves the right to go into Executive Session at any time as deemed appropriate and in accordance with State Statute.

  1. ROUTINE BUSINESS – Regular Meeting

 

  1. Meeting called to order.

 

  1. PUBLIC HEARING

None.

 

    III. CONSENT AGENDA

Recommended Action: Approval of Consent Agenda

NOTE: All items are automatically approved when the Consent Agenda is approved unless moved to the Regular Agenda by the request of any single Council member.

  1. Dispense with reading of minutes of meeting held July 7.
  2. Claims as presented.
  3. Treasurer report.
  4. Clerk Report of Mayoral Action of July 7 meeting: Ordinance 719: Amend the adopted 2014-2015 Budget was signed and published. Resolution No 2015-4: Adopt the Lower Elkhorn NR Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan was signed.

 

Motion and second to approve the Consent Agenda/Tabulation of Vote.

 

 

  1. REGULAR AGENDA / NEW BUSINESS

Consideration and Action:

 

 

  1. Chad Kehrt of Olsson Associates – Update on the Lyons Community Center Project.

 

  1. Tim Slaughter – Discuss changing the deductible amount on the City’s insurance to save on premium costs.

 

  1. Approve/not approve changing the deductible amount on the City’s property/liability insurance.
    1. Motion and second from Council members.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Graham Christensen – Discuss solar and wind energy.

 

  1. T Jay DiBacco of Ohio National – Discuss possible changes to the City’s current retirement plan.

 

  1. Pam Thomsen and Donna Preston – Discuss having a door to the kitchen from the small room of the Community Center and changing rates for the VFW and Happy Days events.

 

LYONS CITY COUNCIL

AGENDA

August 4, 2015

 

 

  1. Michelle Stark – Requesting the use of the park gazebo for a wedding on May 7, 2016.

 

  1. Butch Imus – Discuss the City.

 

  1. Police report by Chief Buck.

 

  1. Library & Grant reports by Mike Heavrin.

 

  1. Utilities report.
  1. State St water services.
  2. Main St repairs.
  3. Swimming Pool.
  4. Condemned properties.
  5. Recycling help.
  6. Dead trees.
  7. Dangerous tree.

 

  1. Clerk’s Report.
  1. Income Statement – General.
  2. Income Statement – Utility.
  3. Budget Reports – General and Utility.
  4. Updated Office Procedure for Delinquent Accounts.

 

  1. Consider Ordinance 720: An Ordinance To Amend Provisions Relating To The Notice Required For Municipal Utilities; To Repeal Conflicting Ordinances And Sections; To Provide An Effective Date.
    1. Motion to suspend the statutory requirement of reading on three separate days.
    2. Motion and second from Council Members to adopt Ordinance 720.
    3. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Consider Ordinance 721: An Ordinance To Amend Provisions Relating To The Deposit Required For Municipal Utilities; To Repeal Conflicting Ordinances And Sections; To Provide An Effective Date.
    1. Motion to suspend the statutory requirement of reading on three separate days.
    2. Motion and second from Council Members to adopt Ordinance 721.
    3. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Discuss appointing an Advisory Pool Board.

 

  1. Discuss a date and time for an Open House/Dedication of the Lyons Community Center.

 

  1. Consider a special designated liquor license to Lyons Fire Dept for Brittney Buck’s wedding event on September 19, 2015.
    1. Motion and second by Council members to approve/not approve the request for a Special Designated Liquor License.
    2. Tabulation of votes.

 

  1. Motion and second by Council members to adjourn the meeting.
  1. Tabulation of vote.

 

 

 

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

Work Continues at Lyons Community Center


The Lyons Community Center is coming along, with hope of it being completed this spring. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The Lyons Community Center is coming along, with hope of it being completed this spring. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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