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FLCC Board Approves Water Delivery -- LAWMA/Colorado Springs Utilities Water Sharing Agreement Finalized

FLCC Board Approves Water Delivery — LAWMA/Colorado Springs Utilities Water Sharing Agreement Finalized

First permanent water sharing agreement with augmentation association in Colorado   Las Animas, CO — The Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to deliver FLCC water for municipal purposes. The vote makes a permanent water sharing agreement between LAMWA and Colorado Springs Utilities complete. […]

Around the Town…Yoder Plaque and Quiznos Windows

Around the Town…Yoder Plaque and Quiznos Windows

  The City of Lamar, as a show of appreciation for past donations, attached a plaque to the new stone bench seats that were constructed along East Beech Street opposite the Lamar Chamber of Commerce this past fall. Lamar residents have benefited from the $20,000 donation to the Parks and Recreation Department by the Yoder […]

Lamar Utility Board and Net Metering Policy

Lamar Utility Board and Net Metering Policy

  The Lamar Utility Board accepted the interest rate recommendation from the Public Utilities Commission for 2019. The annual housekeeping resolution set the interest rate for customer deposits at 2.05% based on a 12 month average of rates. Board members, during the November 13th meeting, voted approval for pole mount transformers from long-time supplier Stuart […]

Financial Fallout from 1A’s Defeat

Financial Fallout from 1A’s Defeat

  Prowers County Impact: 4,002 votes were cast on November 6th concerning Prowers County Ballot Issue 1A, a proposed county tax increase to generate additional revenues for the ambulance service in and around Prowers County.  The measure was defeated 2,102 against to 1,900 in favor.  Had it passed, it was estimated to be able to […]

Business Ideas Showcased by Area Students in E-Fair

Business Ideas Showcased by Area Students in E-Fair

  Wednesday, November 7th, was a win-win day for a lot of middle and high school students from the region participating in the first annual Lamar Youth Entrepreneurship Fair in Lamar.  Working with Ogallala Commons, a non-profit community development network offering leadership and education to students around the region, 63 students from the 5th to […]

Lamar Loop Gains Ground

Lamar Loop Gains Ground

    The Lamar Loop, an eight mile hiking path that will encompass a major portion of the community, is making progress with recent construction efforts. This past summer, city crews improved a dirt and gravel pathway running eastwards along the canal which leads from Willow Creek Park across from the public tennis courts, following […]

Customers Discuss Net Metering Policy with Utility Board

Customers Discuss Net Metering Policy with Utility Board

  The majority of the October 23rd Utility Board meeting was spent meeting with about a dozen Lamar Light and Power customers who use solar power to help off-set the costs of their bills from the Light Plant.  Ryan Sneller addressed the board members with a general question from the group regarding the rate structure […]

Redevelopment Authority Okays Payment, Council Approves Brownsfield Study Grant

Redevelopment Authority Okays Payment, Council Approves Brownsfield Study Grant

    The Lamar City Council, acting as the Lamar Redevelopment Authority, approved 50% of the Prowers County portion of real property taxes assessed on the Lamar Holiday Inn Express during their meeting, Monday, October 22nd.  Historically, the City of Lamar adopted Resolution LRA 11-09-01 on September 12, 2011 which stated that the URA, Urban […]

City Sells Land, Buys Vehicles

City Sells Land, Buys Vehicles

        The Lamar City Council approved two lease agreements during their regular meeting, October 8th. One was with Frontier Bank for the lease-purchase of a new Fire Truck.  The agreement is for ten years with a first payment of $43,223.24 due this year and a fixed interest rate of 3.95%.  A second, […]

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Discusses Incentive Agreements

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Discusses Incentive Agreements

  The Lamar Redevelopment Authority, meeting prior to the regular City Council on Monday, October 8th, approved a memorandum of agreement with the DCI Colorado Community Revitalization Association.  DCI, Downtown Colorado Incorporated provides guidance for revitalizing the local economy of communities in the state, focusing on developing community-wide partnerships aimed at growing economic vitality.  Lamar […]

Holly Trustees Prepare for Strategic Planning Meeting

Holly Trustees Prepare for Strategic Planning Meeting

    The Holly Trustees will meet for a full day for a strategic planning retreat on Saturday, October 13th and will map out what they and local resident’s suggestions consider to be priority goals for the community.  The session will be led by Sheryl Trent of SBrand Consulting, LLC who has been involved in […]

Holiday Motel Becomes Ft Lyon Donation Site

Holiday Motel Becomes Ft Lyon Donation Site

    The Lamar Lion’s Club has once again begun to accept donations for the Ft. Lyons Homeless Shelter using the Holiday Motel at 404 North Main Street in Lamar as the drop off site. The motel desk clerk will provide information and a key to the room being used for donations. Items needed include: […]

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Proposed 2019 Budget for Light Plant

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Proposed 2019 Budget for Light Plant

    The Lamar Utility Board reviewed their draft proposal for the 2019 budget for the Transmission and Distribution Operation of the Light Plant during their September 25th meeting.  Estimated revenues for 2019 are $15,859,323 for charges for services, based on sales of electric power to all customers.  Investment earnings show an estimated increase at […]

Future of LRP Coal Domes Explored

Future of LRP Coal Domes Explored

    The two coal storage domes, an integral part of the Lamar Repowering Project, have sat empty and idle for several years north of East Maple Street. Per a settlement agreement, the City of Lamar owns them and they have been offered for sale.  City Administrator, John Sutherland, informed the city council, there has […]

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Weighs Main Street Business Request

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Weighs Main Street Business Request

    The former Bettiann’s building, a long time fixture at 112 South Main Street in Lamar, is currently owned by Haley May Rhodes of Lamar who is requesting funding from the Lamar Redevelopment Authority to develop her own store. The request was made during the LRA’s September 24th meeting. The total cost of interior […]