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Council Approves Permit for Sand and Sage Beer Garden

 

Municipal Offices in Lamar

Municipal Offices in Lamar

The Prowers County Sand and Sage Fair Board was granted a special events permit for a beer garden by the Lamar City Council during its regular meeting, Monday, May 8th.  The vote was held following a public hearing which allowed citizens to speak for or against the request.  The beer garden will be held at the Prowers County Fairgrounds on August 5th and again from August 10th-12th during the Sand and Sage Fair.  Cindy Bennet of the Fair Board said approximately $19,000 has been raised for special projects since the beer garden was first held two years ago.  This will mark the third year the beer garden has been held.

The City of Lamar agreed to participate with Prowers County in a coordinated election for November. This is an annual matter which comes before the city council for action.

Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller, presented council members with a proclamation declaring the week of May 14-20 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. The proclamation recognizes officers’ efforts in safeguarding the citizens of Lamar and Colorado as well as those members who have paid the supreme sacrifice or who have been disabled in the line of duty in service to their communities.  Mayor Roger Stagner signed the proclamation.

The region will be entertained with a fireworks show for the 4th of July again this year as the Lamar Fire Department received the annual agreement for $8,000 from Tri-State Fireworks which was approved by the city council and signed by Mayor Roger Stagner.

The City of Lamar has been taking steps to consolidate its computer equipment including printers. Tom Sanchez, the city’s IT Director presented a new lease agreement to replace the current one, set to expire this September.  “We want to move to more centralized and standard printers instead of individual desktop printers in the offices,” he explained, adding that the new models will be more resistant to ‘hacking’ from outside sources.  The request for a proposal was approved by the council.

Two businesses which offer liquor sales to the community had their licenses approved in separate action by the council. Police Chief Kyle Miller affirmed that both, East Loves and Coronica’s had their employees take the most recent TIPS training course, a stipulation set by the council for the renewals.

City Administrator, John Sutherland, noted that due to some area resident’s complaints of early mosquito breeding in the community, especially along the Green Belt, requested the Public Works Department be informed to begin pro-active measures. Councilwoman Beverly Haggard said she had received calls of standing water along the beltway along with mosquitoes in the neighborhood.

City Administrator, John Sutherland, reviewed the list of approaching local activities for the area including the annual Prowers Medical Center’s Health Fair, scheduled for May 9-11 between 7am and 11am; the Wild West BBQ Cook-Off will be held May 12-13 at Willow Creek Park as well as the Lamar Days Downtown BBQ, Friday, May 19th from 11am to 1pm at the Lamar Chamber offices; the Lamar Days Rod Run & Car Show will be held May 19-20 at Willow Creek Park and the Lamar Days Parade will be held May 20th at 10am and run from East Olive Street to South Second Street and along the western side of Willow Creek Park to Pike’s Tower; this year’s theme is, “Legends of the Wild West”; the Mason’s annual pancake, egg and sausage breakfast will be held at the Mason’s Lodge on South Main Street on the 20th from 6am to 9am.  Graduation ceremonies for Lamar High School begin at 2pm, Sunday, May 21st at the Lamar Community Building.  Colorado High School Rodeo Finals are set for the Prowers County Fairgrounds May 25-29 and City Offices will be closed for Memorial Day Observances, Monday, May 29th.

By Russ Baldwin

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