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Yoder Family Makes Donation to Lamar Parks and Recreation Department

Municipal Offices in Lamar

Residents of the City of Lamar will benefit from the $20,000 donation to the Parks and Recreation Department by the Yoder Family. According to City Administrator, John Sutherland, the memorial gift will be used for an event or equipment at the Lamar Community Building, the Lamar swimming pool or a park or youth program sponsored by the recreation department.

The letter to the city, initiated by Ron Yoder, Cathy Reyes, Dan and Sheryl Yoder, Susan Yoder Williams and Steve Williams, Forrest Yoder and Kelsey Yoder, detailed how Marvin and Pat Yoder were lifetime residents of Lamar who valued family, area youth and the Lamar community. It stated the family enjoyed many hours of recreation and leisure in the Lamar Community Building, parks and swimming pool.  It is hoped that the donation will provide other families with the same opportunities.  Sutherland commented, “This is a real pleasant surprise when we get something like this for the city.”  He added that Rick Akers, Lamar Parks and Recreation Director, is listing some ideas for the best means of benefitting Lamar residents through the gift by the Yoder family.

There was a brief discussion regarding the swimming pool season. Councilmember, Gerry Jenkins, asked about the length of the pool season and asked why it was so short, with an expected closing of either late July or early August.  “Why are we closing the pool during the hottest month of the summer,” she inquired.  Mayor Stagner said the season was regulated mainly by staffing availability, “We have the start of school and sports practice sessions and a lot of the lifeguards are high school students, so we can’t operate without them,” he explained.

The Lamar City Council will host their monthly informal breakfast meeting at Brew Unto Others on the morning of July 5th from 7am to 8am.  It’s possible the council will view the completion of the first phase of the pocket park construction which is next door to the café.  Administrator Sutherland said some additional work on the park includes centenary lighting, wall paintings and various shade covers, tables and chairs.  Councilman Kirk Crespin asked if an entrance gate had been considered, but was told there are no funds for that at this time.  A security camera system was also discussed.

A public hearing request for the Mission Villanueva restaurant at 100 Savage Avenue was set by the council for Monday, July 24th.  The owners are requesting a modification of premises permit to add a patio area to the east side of the restaurant.

The annual agreement between the state and the City of Lamar was approved for the operation of the Lamar Welcome Center for fiscal year 2017-2018. The agreement calls for a payment of $54,696 by the state to the city for operating the center for another year.  The city contributes an additional $19,000 to complete the annual operations budget for the Center.

A grant of $8,136.50 was approved for the Lamar Police Department for assistance with training and equipment to maintain compliance with the mandated training from POST, Peace Officer Standards and Training program. The department was also granted permission to take part in the Bulletproof Vest Program which helps defray the cost of body armor to officers.  The program pays for half the cost of the equipment police are required to wear while on duty.

Because of the approaching holiday, the July 3rd council work session was postponed until July 10th. City offices closed on Tuesday, July 4th.

By Russ Baldwin

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