Lyons Council talks about paving; Lyons Fire Department expresses support for Sparks
The Lyons Town Council discussed the cost of paving roads and streets during their meeting this week and listened to a report from the Lyons Fire Department about training requirements for new firefighters.
A representative of the firefighters also expressed strong support for Town Marshal Ron Sparks, who is currently on an administrative leave, and who serves as a volunteer firefighter.
Lyons Fire Department President Tim Abbott said he wanted the Council to know how the firefighters feel about the issue with Sparks.
"We kept Ron Sparks on," said Abbott. "He's still a member. We need his help, and he's willing to give it."
Abbott said one new volunteer has been approved and the department is looking at applications to fill another opening.
"We have open spots we're looking to fill," said Abbott adding the new firefighters will need training and it can be expensive.
He explained that many of the firefighters are "grandfathered" in and do not have to meet the newer training requirements.
He discussed paying for the training but also said they're looking into possible options for free training.
No decision was made but the Council did compliment the department telling them they never overspend their budget.
In an issue related to the fire department, Town Council President Scott Powers asked Lonnie Emmons if the town's old emergency siren was "fried."
Emmons said no, but it was too old to use.
"I'm looking for grants," said Powers.
"We'll look for sirens," said Emmons.
Powers said he remembered living in Lyons as a boy -- the siren would go off when the fire department was called out, and you could hear it all over town.
"We don't need that now, but if a tornado was headed toward Lyons, we need it," said Powers.
Council members and fire department members discussed options and the issue will be back on the agenda after more information is gathered.
Greene County Commissioner Rick Graves attended the meeting and said the repaving of West Road is included in the quotes the county is getting for summer paving projects.
"In the past, we've stopped at town limits - we're not going to do that anymore," said Graves.
He suggested a two-inch-thick top layer on the road would level it up. He explained that "chip and seal" works fine on roads with cracks, but if a road needs potholes filled or needs to be leveled, something more is needed.
Graves estimated the town's portion of the cost of paving West Road would be about $25,000.
Powers asked Clerk-Treasurer Kim Flynn how much money was available for paving.
"We have $8-10,000 in the local roads and streets fund that we could use," said Flynn.
Powers said next year the town needed to designate more money to fix streets.
"We need to bump up our paving budget," said Powers.
After a short discussion by the council about signage, Graves said the county is putting all new road and informational signs throughout the county this year, thanks to grants.
When the new posts and signs are installed, probably in September or October, they're going to save all the old posts -- many would be usable and available for the town to use.