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LAWMA: Supporting Farmers for 44 Years

LAWMA: Supporting Farmers for 44 Years

  Lamar, CO – What started 44 years ago as a small group of farmers, the Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) has become a critical part of the Arkansas River Valley’s agricultural community. Today, as LAWMA holds its annual member meeting in Lamar and celebrates its 44th birthday, it’s important to reflect on how […]

Holly Commercial Club Setting New Meeting Date

Holly Commercial Club Setting New Meeting Date

  The Holly Commercial Club met on December 6. The minutes from the November meeting were approved, as was the Treasurer’s Report. There was a discussion regarding operating expenses.  The Holly Shopper Report was approved. It was reminded to the Club that new members/renewing members can pay their 2018 dues on a quarterly basis.  Prowers […]

Concerns Continue Over Fate of Granada Landfill

Concerns Continue Over Fate of Granada Landfill

    The Granada Trustees are hoping some new information on the potential closing of the town’s landfill will come to light during another region-wide meeting set for January at the Prowers County Courthouse. Mayor Glenn Otto told the Trustees during their December 13th meeting, he was contacted by a representative from the Colorado Department […]

Utility Board Okays Electric Cost Adjustment

Utility Board Okays Electric Cost Adjustment

    The Lamar Utility Board, in their final meeting of the year, approved an Electric Cost Adjustment, ECA, as an action that will be carried into 2018. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained that the increase will be required to keep the plant from incurring a technical default with the bond covenant on the […]

Another Climb for Lamar Sales Tax Collections

Another Climb for Lamar Sales Tax Collections

  October Sales and Use Tax collected in October indicates another gain in revenue as the year begins to close. City Sales Tax collected in October was up 12.4% for a $30,951 increase over the previous year at the same time.  Collections for 2016 were $249,570 compared to 2017 at $280,522.  Total Sales and Use […]

Rodriguez, New City Council Member

Rodriguez, New City Council Member

  Rafael Rodriguez became the newest Lamar City Councilman, following his oath of office administered by Judge Lane Porter during the December 11th council meeting. Rodriguez was appointed by the council to fill the vacancy created by departing councilman Keith Nidey, who declined to run for another term.    Rodriguez will hold the term for four years, […]

Holly Approves Sheriff Contract, Various Resolutions

Holly Approves Sheriff Contract, Various Resolutions

  The Holly Trustees voted to accept the 2018 Prowers County Sheriff’s annual contract for law enforcement services for the town. The price, $58,000, is unchanged from the previous year.  A decision to renew was needed before the end of year to enable the Trustees to work on the 2018 town budget.  During a previous […]

Small Landfills in Southeast Colorado Get Reprieve

Small Landfills in Southeast Colorado Get Reprieve

    Prowers County Commissioners, Wendy Buxton-Andrade and Tom Grasmick offered some welcome news at the monthly Prowers Economic Prosperity meeting held December 5th at the Granada City Complex.  Buxton-Andrade said that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CDPHE, in the face of a unanimous presentation from Colorado County Commissioners, has decided to […]

City Council Investigates Hotel Development

City Council Investigates Hotel Development

  The Lamar City Council held a work session Monday, December 4th, to explore the potential development of an up-scale hotel in the city.  The council held a telephone interview with Tim Shefchik of BriMark Builders, representing Cobblestone Hotel and Suites. The feasibility study will be paid for by a $7,500 matching grant supplied by […]

Revenues Up as Light Plant Nears Year’s End

Revenues Up as Light Plant Nears Year’s End

    With only one meeting left on the 2017 calendar for the Lamar Light Plant, Superintendent Houssin Hourieh provided October’s financial report for board members this past Tuesday, November 28th. Total operating revenue for the month is $1,255,487 with operating costs at $848,143 resulting in gross operating income of $407,345. When the non-operating revenues […]

Financing for Hotel Feasibility Study Approved, Las Brisas Granted Liquor License.

Financing for Hotel Feasibility Study Approved, Las Brisas Granted Liquor License.

  The Lamar Redevelopment Authority approved a dollar match of $1,875 with Prowers Economic Prosperity, to help fund a $7,500 hotel feasibility study for Lamar. Angie Cue, Community Development Director, explained that the study will help determine if Lamar can support a second high end motel to attract visitors and travelers as a destination site, […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenues Take a Jump

Lamar City Sales Tax Revenues Take a Jump

    Somebody has been spending money. The September Sales and Use Tax collections, collected in October, show an 18% hike for a $51,785 gain over last year at this same time.  Collections for 2016 were $287,753 and for 2017 at $339,538.  Total Sales and Use Tax collections posted a similar jump at 20.29% for […]

Oaths of Office for Stagner, Riley on Lamar City Council

Oaths of Office for Stagner, Riley on Lamar City Council

    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. Several house-keeping procedures […]

Lawsuit Resolved…City of Lamar and ARPA Reach Agreement

Lawsuit Resolved…City of Lamar and ARPA Reach Agreement

    The City of Lamar and Arkansas River Power Authority have been attempting to reach a settlement regarding the Lamar Repowering Project for several years and the Lamar City Council approved a resolution for the settlement agreement in principle with the power supplier. The city council brought a suit, Case 31, against ARPA in […]

Granada Trustees Renew SECPA Contract for 2018, Shutting Off Delinquent Utility Accounts

Granada Trustees Renew SECPA Contract for 2018, Shutting Off Delinquent Utility Accounts

The Granada Trustees discussed several ordinance changes, as well as selecting a new bank for the town, renewed an electrical service contract and purchased streetlights during their monthly meeting, November 8th. The Trustees agreed the ordinance governing mobile home placement and inspections in the community was vague and needed to be re-written. At issue is […]