URGENT AND TIME-SENSITIVE MESSAGE TO OUR Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Stakeholders,
CEMEX CEMENT COMPANY WILL BE PRESENTING ITS FUTURE COMMERCIAL INTENTIONS FOR ITS PLANT PROPERTY TO THE LYONS BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON FEBRUARY 4 AT THE LYONS TOWN HALL, 5:30-6:45 PM.
YOUR ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL. WATCH THE VIDEO OF CEMEX IMPACTS.
THE ST. VRAIN RIVER VALLEY NOW FACES AN ONSLAUGHT OF COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS.
WHAT CEMEX WILL DO IN THE FUTURE IS SIGNIFICANT BUT IS ONLY A PORTION OF WHAT THE VALLEY JUST EAST OF LYONS MAY FACE.
THIS IS YOUR HOME!
COME…LEARN…BE AWARE…GET INFORMED…ACT
I realize the following is a lengthy email, but I think you will find its content appropriate and of importance.
1.) On December 13, 2018, three members of SOSVV met with two Cemex employees: Michael Clausen (CSR Specialist) and Scott Harcus (Environmental Manager). The purpose of this meeting was to ferret out information regarding Cemex’s status after 2021 when the company’s mining permit expires. Clausen and Harcus confirmed that mining will cease in the Dowe Flats quarry in 2021. The conveyor system and structures on the north side of Hwy 66 will be removed as a condition of the site reclamation plan.Following the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety’s approval of Cemex’s completed reclamation, 1,594 acres of this land will be added to Boulder County’s Open Space acquisitions.
2.) Clausen and Harcus further informed us that Cemex’s facility on the south side of Hwy 66 would remain “operational,” and that they were not at liberty to discuss what operations would take place. They directed us to attend a Lyons Board of Trustees meeting with the Cemex Plant Manager, Uwe Lubjuhn, who will be presenting Cemex’s plan to the Lyons Board of Trustees on February 4 at the Town Hall. They indicated Mr. Lubjkuhn would reveal Cemex’s future operational plans during this public meeting, at which time public questions and concerns would be addressed.
3.) On January 3, 2019, SOSVV notified the Boulder County Commissioners of the up-coming meeting and presentation to the Lyons Board of Trustees and requested the Commissioners to send a representative.
4.) Community members and SOSVV have stressed to the Boulder County Commissioners that the number of significant issues potentially and simultaneously facing the Valley in the near future may create a disastrous situation for the community. SOSVV requested the Commissioners to consider the cumulative impacts of future cement plant activities, proposed Martin Marietta mining activities, and an ill-conceived proposal by the Town of Lyons for residential and commercial development on both sides of Hwy 66 east of Hwy 36.
SOSVV has requested the County to assess and address the impact of these combined activities on the areas historic rural character, property values, health and safety issues, environmental impact, and quality of life.
5.) On January 22, 2019, I spoke with Lyons town-clerk Deb Anthony who confirmed that there will be a Cemex workshop with the Board of Trustees on February 4, 5:30-6:45 PM. Ms. Anthony indicated that the public could attend and observe, but questions from the public would NOT be accepted by the Board. Any issue or concern with Cemex is not directly related to the town, and the Board is unwilling to accept public comment at the workshop. (On the other hand, Cemex reps encouraged us to attend the workshop and indicated that time would be allotted for public comments/questions.) There you have it. I don’t how this matter of public comment or no public comment will shake out.
Regardless, it is essential that you, as a stakeholder in the future of Lyons and the Valley, attend this workshop. Mark your calendar now: 5:30-6:45, February 4, Lyons Town Hall, 432 5th Ave.
Board of Directors, SOSVV
PS To submit a question, send an email to members of the Board of Trustees at:
Connie Sullivan (email@example.com), Barney Dreistadt (firstname.lastname@example.org), Juli Waugh (email@example.com), Mike Karavas (firstname.lastname@example.org), Wendy Miller (email@example.com), Mark Browning (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jocelyn Farrell (email@example.com)
PPS Immediately following CEMEX’s unveiling, BOT will have business meeting. Public comment is part of the protocol. Sign up and get your 4 minutes. If you have questions or comments re agenda items or CEMEX’s presentation, this is your opportunity to speak your truth– we want to hear from you and the BOT and CEMEX should too!
Board of Directors, SOSVV