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Music Jams Approved for the Roost

Municipal Offices in Lamar

Municipal Offices in Lamar

The Buzzard’s Roost in Lamar was granted a Temporary Modification of Premise application for their two annual music festivals held June 17-18 for the Country Jam and on September 16-17 for the Road Jam. The Lamar City Council held a brief public hearing on the request during their regular meeting, April 24th.  A portion of Hickory Street is fenced in and blocked to traffic where Hickory meets North Main Street.  There was some question as to whether the current construction along Main Street would be impacted by the music festivals, but it was generally agreed that there would be neither a traffic hindrance nor a safety issue.   Roost owner, Jay Gruber, said all but two members of his staff are currently TIPS certified to serve alcohol, but if they hadn’t received their training as of the festival dates, they are under the direction of those employees who are.

The council approved a housekeeping amendment which adjusts the funding on the construction work of the downtown Lamar Pocket Park into two phases. Community Development Director, Angie Cue, presented the DoLA paperwork to the council for action.  On that note, the council approved a grant agreement for $20,000 from the Gates Family Foundation for materials needed for the second phase of the project.  The grant is contingent on providing the total amount of the project, $316,850, by December 1, 2017.  Cue acknowledged that date would be met.

The council ratified an earlier phone poll of council members on April 14th, to approve a security agreement with the Lamar Junior Class Prom Committee for services for after prom events on April 22nd.  The Lamar Police Department conducted breath analysis tests on all partygoers for the after prom event.

The first week of May was officially declared, “Youth Week” with the signing of a proclamation by Mayor Roger Stagner as presented by the BPOE Lamar Elks Lodge # 1319. The proclamation was read by city council member, Oscar Riley, who is also the current Exalted Ruler of the Lamar Elks Lodge.

City Administrator Sutherland reminded council members of the Spring City-Wide Clean Up Day from 7am to 4pm this Saturday, April 29th.  A Prescription Drug Take-Back event will also be held that morning in front of the Lamar Fire Department between 10am and 2pm.  The next council breakfast is set for Wednesday, May 3rd from 7am to 8am at Burger King on North Main Street.  Lamar High School Savage Sports Night will be held Tuesday, May 9th beginning at 7pm at the Lamar Community Building.  The Lamar Chamber Merchants Networking meeting will also be held on the 9th, beginning at 5:30pm at the Wash Spott on East Olive Street and the PEP Retail meeting will follow.  The annual Wild West BBQ Cook-Off will be held at Willow Creek Park, May 12-13.

By Russ Baldwin

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