Published in the April 16, 2015 edition of the Lyons Recorder

What’s the future for affordable housing in Lyons?

Asking for a new housing commission

by Amy Reinholds

All that has been accomplished in the past week related to affordable housing is that the group asking for a new affordable housing commission got on the agenda for the April 20 Board of Trustees meeting.

Justin Spencer, Nate Mohatt, Tom Delker, and Craig Ferguson are asking the board to create a new commission or task force to keep working on affordable housing after the proposal for housing in Bohn Park was voted down last month. They are proposing to the board that they want to build on the extensive work that was done before the election to find sites and funding and to collect public input.

For background, read my past columns: http://http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/index.php/lyons-chatter/5839-task-force-work-is-done-now-work-lies-with-all-citizens (pre-election) and http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/index.php/lyons-chatter/5933-a-new-column-for-accountability (post-election).

If the board creates a new commission or task force, the individuals would all apply to be appointed to the new group. As a current member of the Human Services and Aging Commission, I would ask to serve as a liaison from that commission. To arrive at a required number of members for a commission or task force, other volunteers would need to apply and be appointed.

In the past week, three out of the five of us were out of town for spring break. However, on behalf of Justin, Tom, Craig, and Nate, I have reached out to other people in the community who have communicated through Facebook and email that they have ideas to help create affordable housing. If the Board of Trustees creates a new commission or task force, we have asked Laura Levy and Jonelle Tucker if they would be interested in applying to be appointed, and we have asked Trustee Dawn Weller if she would be interested in being the board liaison.

Keep following this weekly column for updates about what has been accomplished and what hasn’t been accomplished.


Amy Reinholds served on the Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force from December 2013 through its end in February 2015. She is currently a member of the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission. She has lived in Lyons for 11 years and in the surrounding Lyons area since 1995.