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Oaths of Office for Stagner, Riley on Lamar City Council

 

Roger Stagner Takes his New Oath of Office for Mayor

 

The new City Council for 2018 was called to order with Mayor Roger Stagner and Councilman Oscar Riley taking their oath of office from Judge Lane Porter following the November General Election. The election of a Mayor-Pro-Tem was also held with Kirk Crespin voted to that position for another term.

Councilman Oscar Riley with Judge Lane Porter

Several house-keeping procedures were also voted on including designation of banks for City funds including Valley National Bank, Frontier Bank, Community State Bank and TBK for the deposit of City Funds. The City also passed resolutions which allow for the deposit of funds with Edward Jones, ColoTrust and CSAFE.   The council gave authorization for check-signing and discussed the Ward 3 vacancy which is now open with the end of Keith Nidey’s term as of November 13th.  Qualified persons have until 4pm on Wednesday, November 29th to submit an application with the City Administrator’s office.

The Zonta Club of Prowers County presented the Lamar City Council with a proclamation declaring the 16 Days between International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women on November 25th and International Human Rights Day on December 10th as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.  The local Zonta group is affiliated with 1,200 clubs in 65 countries to raise awareness of and increase actions toward ending gender violence, especially against women and girls around the world. During the campaign, posters will be distributed throughout the community and additional information will be posted in the lobby outside the Lamar Library.

Las Brisas Restaurant at 302 South Main Street in Lamar is under new ownership as of this past June. The new owner, Shae Emick submitted an application for a new Hotel/Restaurant liquor license.  A public hearing was set by the City Council for November 27th to discuss and review the application.

A recent phone poll was ratified by the council to submit a grant to the El Pomar Foundation for funds to purchase 10 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for the Lamar Fire and Emergency Services. The matching funds have been set aside in this year’s budget and the application must be submitted before the end of the year.  A similar grant request to FEMA had been denied and the council has taken steps to seek funding from El Pomar.

The council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Community Resource Center to serve as the fiscal sponsor of the 2018 Rural Philanthropy Days seminars which will be held in Lamar in June of next year. The memorandum has been reviewed and accepted by the city as well as the local Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days Steering Committee.

The 2018 Volunteer Accident Medical Plan and 2018 Equipment Breakdown quotes for coverage from CIRSA were approved by the council. The city uses the coverage for the Welcome Center Volunteers as well as the volunteers for the Police Department and the Animal Shelter.

Patrick Mason, City Public Works Director, explained the use of a CDOT Discretionary Grant which will be used as a 5% match for the FAA Airport Improvement Grant Project. CDOT’s Colorado Division of Aeronautics has awarded a $16,338 grant as a match towards improvement projects on the airport’s main concrete runway.  The City of Lamar will be responsible for that amount of the grant’s match.  The project grant was for 90% or $295,000 for the project and the city and CDOT will split the balance of the matching funds, $32,777.

The Lamar Police Department will receive two new vehicles as the council approved the purchase of two 2017 Dodge 4X4 crew cab 1500 pick-ups for $25,919 per vehicle. The vehicles are paid for from the insurance claim for damages from the August hail storm in Lamar.  Six of the police vehicles were totaled and the loss will be covered by CIRSA.

City Administrator, John Sutherland, provided some future activity dates for the council, including a session providing information for online safety for parents at 1pm, Friday, November 17th at the Cultural Events Center.  A Thanksgiving movie, “Free Birds” will be presented at the Center at 2pm on Wednesday, November 22nd.  The City Offices will be closed from November 23rd to the 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday and the library will be closed from the 23rd to the 25th.  The library will continue its Food for Fines program through the end of November.

The council approved a resolution ending the litigation suit against ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority. A separate article on that development is on The Prowers Journal website.

By Russ Baldwin

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