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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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New Lyons Pool Big Hit on the 4th


The new pool in Lyons was a huge success on the 4th of July! Many kids and adults enjoyed taking a swim in the new pool. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The new pool in Lyons was a huge success on the 4th of July! Many kids and adults enjoyed taking a swim in the new pool. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Lyons Pool


The Lyons Pool Ribbon Cutting will be held at the Pool at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2015 following the Lyons Community Club Picnic at Brink Park.

A Minute With the Mayor


Hey, it’s me Andy, the mayor! I wasn’t sure if you would remember me since it has been so long since I’ve written to you. I apologize for my absence from the paper. I hadn’t felt like I had anything new to talk about and I didn’t want to bore you with the same old thing but we are seeing enough progress in some ongoing projects that I felt it was time for an up-date.

The pool has water in it and new sod around it if you haven’t noticed. Although a full pool is only for a short time it is a significant milestone. They are testing all the pumps and chemical equipment this week to make sure everything works properly and waiting for the Department of Health to come and conduct their inspection. If all goes well, we will be able to wrap up the construction and be ready for next pool season. It has been a long, arduous journey but it seems like we are finally nearing the end of the line. I can’t wait for next summer!

I understand there have been lots of questions about the auditorium/community center, especially when it is going to be ready. If the pool project has taught us anything, it is to not give hard deadlines about when projects of this magnitude are going to be completed. I would love to tell you a specific date or a specific month but that wouldn’t be fair to those looking to utilize the community center.   The best I can tell you right now is spring (beginning, mid or late, I don’t know!) What I do know is that the rest of the project is going out for bid this month. Once the bids are received we will have a much better idea of a time frame for all the remodeling. Just know that the end product will be transformative in nature. If we are able to accomplish all that we wish too, the new and improved Lyons community center will have been worth the wait. So if you are someone who is chomping at the bit to reserve the community center next year, have patience please. If you were hoping to have some event in it this winter, we can’t make any promises. I will however let you know the minute it

Mayor Andy Fuston

Mayor Andy Fuston

is open for business! We want to show it off as much as you want to be able to use it!

The 2015 budget has been submitted to the state for the start of the October 1st fiscal year. The budget process is becoming more and more complex year after year as we apply for and receive grants in one year but spend them in the following year due to how projects ebb and flow across multiple years. We have applied for a street light grant for Main Street and will be applying for other grants as they come up throughout the year. They are great to receive but the play havoc on the budget process as I said. But overall the budget is sound and conscientious. Your city council will continue to spend your tax dollars and utility dollars wisely.

Have you noticed (it’s hard not to have!) the new house going up at 3rd and Diamond. We are seeing the fruits of our partnership with Three Rivers Housing happening there. It is going to be a nice addition to that area of town. Speaking of new construction isn’t Steiny’s General Store looking great! What a wonderful addition to downtown. The same can be said of Dolezal’s Hunting Depot. Both are just another sign that Lyons is moving in the right direction. The company that built the water tower is going to begin doing some warranty maintenance on it beginning late September or early October. During that time the water system will be operating on the high service pumps at the water plant to provide the water pressure the town requires. Not sure how long the maintenance work will last but if you notice any water pressure fluctuation, which hopefully you won’t, it will be for this reason. Lastly the city is looking into updating its blight study to help us capture some tax increment financing to help with future city projects. The city has been working with Burt County Economic Development to better understand what and how T.I.F. monies are used.

Well, I think that is all I have for now. November 4th is quickly approaching so it is time to be thinking about exercising your obligation to vote. You will have plenty of decisions to make this election-new U.S. senator, Governor, school board and city council. It is amazing what can happen when the right people for the job are elected to those positions. That’s it for now. Hope life for you is going well. We’ll talk soon. Take care.

Public Opinion on Lyons Pool Not Opening


What are your thoughts on the new pool in Lyons, NE not opening this summer? The elevation on the lazy river is wrong and water can’t reach the end. The lazy river has to be torn up and re-poured. Thoughts?

Jennifer Marr: I go to Lyons pool and with it not opening my siblings and I don’t like it. Summer is suppose to be about swimming and fun but haven’t gone swimming this year with the pool being closed this year.

Abby Simonsen: What is even more sad then the kids not getting to swim is the people who were hired to work for the summer but they kept getting start date pushed back. I understand that the city had to find employees but now those people didn’t get to work a day and now have made no money this summer. My niece is one of the life guards.

Cindy Schorn: I think whomever made the mistake should compensate the people who were hired.

Swim For Free!


“We are offering free admission for the pool season,” stated Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston. This will begin once the new pool opens, which should be around the middle of June.

“With the pool not being ready for a Memorial Day opening and the date now a moving target, we were talking about how best to handle season passes, etc.” said Fuston. “I just said maybe we should open the pool for free and everyone there thought that would be a great idea.” By everyone, the mayor is referring to the members of the city council. The decision was made at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

“I’m excited that we will be offering free admission to the pool this season; not only to say thank you to the community for their patience while the pool gets finished up but to also showcase what a great destination our pool can be for our local patrons as well as to those living in surrounding communities,” stated Fuston.

Yes, it will be a shorter season this year, “but a really fun and exciting one,” said Fuston.

New pool is getting closer to opening day! All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

New pool is getting closer to opening day! All Photos Credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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New Pool to Open in Mid-June


The opening of the new Lyons pool has been delayed until mid-June, “The weather hasn’t cooperated much this winter and they need a couple more weeks to get everything completed,” stated Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston.

There are a few things that the mayor and city council asked to be taken care of.  “Standard construction things, it is normal. The decking is getting poured now and they are working on their punch list,” Fuston said. A punch list is items the city, engineer and general contractor pointed out to be fixed.

If the time frame changes for any reason, Kat Country Hub will report it.

 

The new Lyons Pool. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The new Lyons Pool. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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The construction of the new Lyons pool is moving along! All three photo credits/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The construction of the new Lyons pool is moving along! All three photo credits/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Construction of New Lyons Pool Coming Along


New pool in Lyons coming along quite nicely. Both pictures Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Construction of the New Bath House


The new bath house for the  new Lyons Pool. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The new bath house for the new Lyons Pool. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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