By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio
Lyons, Kan. – The Lyons City Council discussed salary issues as they relate to the 2023 city budget Monday night and in the process deferred action on a request for funding for a new Christmas lighting project in the downtown area.
Council members said in light of concerns about pay levels for city employees and the inability to fill open positions they now have, this is not the time to discuss the request made last month by the Christmas Committee for $10 thousand towards the lighting project. The Rice County Community Foundation may be a possible source of funding, but RCCF officials have indicated they wanted to hold off on any commitments until after their complete their grant cycle later this year.
The pay concept presented by City Administrator Chad Buckley would set broad ranges in each job classification depending on experience and training and would provide significant increases in pay scales, especially in the Police Department which is now two officers short.
With one change, the Council approved a development agreement with the Lyons Recreation Commission for Battershell Field and the former overnight trailer park on West Taylor, where construction of a new fitness center is being planned.
The change in the agreement clarifies that the city will continue to furnish water to the complex based on an existing agreement that also covers the Recreation Commission-owned Lyons Public Golf Course. It also sets out right of way dedications for future street extensions should there be future development to the south and west of the complex.
City Lot Gifted
The Council also agreed to gift a city-owned lot on the west side of the square to the Rice County Community Foundation. The lot at 117 West Avenue South is adjacent to a property already owned by the Foundation.
Lyons Mayor Dustin Schultz discussed with the Council how he should proceed in filling a vacancy on the council created with the resignation last month of Rocky Gaines, who represented Ward 1 on the Council. That seat is up for election in November, and there is one candidate who has filed. Council members indicated some interest in appointing that person to fill out the remainder of Gaines’ term.