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Final Public Hearing on Pilot/Flying J Truck Stop Set for July 24

 

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Less land than anticipated will be required to construct the proposed Pilot/Flying J truckstop on North Main Street in Lamar. The developer determined they didn’t need all the property owned by T.L. Tucker for their project and agreed to purchase less than previously intended.  A public hearing on the change has been set by the Lamar City Council for Monday, July 24th, 2017 at the Lamar City Council chambers for the alteration and subsequent creation of a subdivision.  The change will bring the land into compliance with the City’s Municipal Code.  The City’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved the request at their July 5th meeting and the issue will be presented to the public and Lamar City Council at their next meeting on the 24th.

The $0.70 fee originated in 1993 to cover the operation of the local emergency telephone service was set by an intergovernmental agreement among The City of Lamar, Prowers County and the Prowers County Emergency Telephone Authority Board. The fees, not to exceed seventy cents, are charged per line, per month, but have traditionally fallen short to cover the expenses.  The fees were allowed by the Public Utilities Commission and an amendment allowing those charges to be increased was approved by the Lamar City Council and will be forwarded to the PUC for approval.  The council set a tentative meeting date of August 15th with the Prowers County Commissioners when they will discuss commonly related budget issues.  Lamar Mayor, Roger Stagner, said, “There really is no choice on this.  This has been a cost increase to both the city and the county.”

The council granted an annual request to allow overnight camping in Willow Creek Park for swimming competition, sponsored by the Lamarlins at the Lamar Municipal Pool. The regional meet runs August 3rd to the 6th.  A telephone poll allowing similar camping at city parks for the annual Windmill Classic Softball Tournament was ratified.  As part of the agreement, the Lamar Police Department will increase patrols of the parks in use and there will be a limited number of campers allowed at the discretion of the Lamar Parks and Recreation Director.

Richard Petrin was re-appointed to the Lamar Airport Board for a five year term expiring in February, 2022. Councilwoman, Anne Marie Crampton announced that Lamar will host the Rural Philanthropy Days meetings from October 13-15.  The regional meeting brings together, various groups who are willing to donate funding to organizations throughout the state.  The seminar provides ‘how-to’ information for the potential fund-seekers.  The Lamar Elks Lodge donated $775 to the Lamar Fire and Ambulance Department.

Councilman, Oscar Riley, noted a recent break-in at the Spreading Antlers Golf Course in which over $4,000 was stolen. The club has now installed a security system.  A Fly-In at the Lamar Municipal Airport has been set for September 3rd and will be dedicated to First Responders.  Eric and Tanya McSwan are the new airport managers.  CDOT and American Civic Constructors, the firm handling the Main Street renovations in Lamar, are considering work on the northern end of the project, which could shave a couple of months off the timeline.  The proposal calls for the water mains to be installed at the center of the road starting at North Love’s and working south by three blocks.  The representative suggested the alteration could help eliminate construction in the immediate downtown area during the Christmas shopping season.

By Russ Baldwin

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