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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 […]

Council Takes Steps to Help Eradicate Blight Downtown

Council Takes Steps to Help Eradicate Blight Downtown

  The Lamar Redevelopment Authority is working to alleviate blight, generally known as Brownfield, in commercial areas of the city. The Authority approved an application for an EPA Brownfield assessment grant which will review environmental conditions of public or private properties.  The funds will be used to hire Ayres Associates which will conduct the study […]

Council Approves Funds to Fix Community Building Bleachers

Council Approves Funds to Fix Community Building Bleachers

  The Lamar City Council quickly wrapped up business for September during its meeting this past Monday, September 25th. The drive motors which operate the bleachers at the Lamar Community Building will be replaced at a cost of $15,000. The funds will be taken from the savings the city realized this past summer from the […]

Police Chief Offers Crime Trends for City Council

Police Chief Offers Crime Trends for City Council

Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller, distributed some annual crime statistics for the city council during their meeting, Monday, September 11th.  Administrator, John Sutherland, explained that the figures, taken as a group, might lead to some insights or provoke some thoughts about local crime issues. Miller explained, “The figures run from 1999 to 2017 from January […]

Lamar Celebrates Colorado Cities & Towns Week, Sept. 11-17, 2017

Lamar Celebrates Colorado Cities & Towns Week, Sept. 11-17, 2017

  September 5, 2017, Lamar, CO — The City of Lamar will be participating in Colorado Cities & Towns Week, Sept. 11–17, 2016, which highlights and celebrates the value of municipal government and acknowledges the employees and volunteers who make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Municipal government is the level […]

Parking Plans for the Pocket Park Presented

Parking Plans for the Pocket Park Presented

Now that the pocket park in downtown Lamar is four-fifths complete, the City is looking at development plans on the best use of the parking lots due east of the Main Street stores adjacent to the refurbished park and located between East Olive and East Beech Streets. The City of Lamar acquired one lot directly […]

Shore Arts Center Park Grand Opening, Hold the Rain

Shore Arts Center Park Grand Opening, Hold the Rain

Southeast Colorado residents are ready for anything, especially weather on the move. That was the case for the Grand Opening of the Shore Arts Center Park in downtown Lamar this past Thursday evening, July 13th. The festivities began at 6pm with residents viewing the complete make-over of what had been just a gravel parking lot […]

Lamar Might Become Landfill Hub

Lamar Might Become Landfill Hub

  Once a week the City of Lamar’s garbage trucks collect your trash from the container in your street or alley and once a month you get a bill in the mail for services rendered. It’s been less than a financial break-even situation for the city’s sanitation department. As explained in the work session held […]

Lamar Council Gets Financial Status Report

Lamar Council Gets Financial Status Report

    City Administrator, John Sutherland, provides periodic financial updates for the council during their bi-monthly meeting schedule and said that despite some lower numbers for the City Sales Tax Revenue, overall expenses are below budget so far this year. The May summery sheet outlined some of the more prominent financial features for the city […]

Downtown Pocket Park is Nearing End of First Phase of Construction

Downtown Pocket Park is Nearing End of First Phase of Construction

Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, said the Pocket Park is, “Coming along nicely,” during the Redevelopment Board meeting on June 5th.  “The pavers are going in and the color scheme is also pulling the structure together.” He said some artwork is being donated by the Arkansas Valley Board of Realtors and Community Development Manager, Angie […]

Downtown Roof Repair Costs Awarded by Redevelopment Authority Board

Downtown Roof Repair Costs Awarded by Redevelopment Authority Board

Five buildings in Lamar, at, 121 West Beech Street and 106-108-112 and 122 South Main Street, were represented before the Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board on June 5th, requesting assistance with roof repair costs.  The matter of leaking roofs and costly repairs for the downtown Lamar area has been long noted in the community.  Lamar Mayor, […]

Roof Repairs, a Drop at a Time

Roof Repairs, a Drop at a Time

Our May rains brought home the need for roof repair to many of the buildings around the downtown area of Lamar. Some businesses had buckets placed on their floors to catch dripping water from recent rains.  Some overhead awnings along Main Street were also dripping, an indication that these leaks can travel in at one […]

High Bidding Delays Local Construction Projects

High Bidding Delays Local Construction Projects

Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, imparted some disappointing news to the Lamar City Council and audience during the August 22nd meeting;  the bids for construction for the proposed downtown Pocket Park and the first phase of Highway 287 construction came in over expectations and current available finances. “We had only one bid for the Pocket […]

Amtrak Officials Return to Lamar, Discuss Rail Upgrade Strategies

Amtrak Officials Return to Lamar, Discuss Rail Upgrade Strategies

The Tiger VIII Funding grant for 2016 for BNSF railroad track improvements was passed over for 2016. Members of the Southwest Chief Commission are requesting a debriefing from CDOT officials to determine why, in light of past awards on Tiger Grant VI and VII applications in the previous two years.  Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, […]

Lamar Police Using Software to Put a 'Byte' into Crime

Lamar Police Using Software to Put a ‘Byte’ into Crime

Statistical information can make for a less than interesting read (22% of males under 40 years of age are eating 17% less turnips) for example. But some very useful statistics was presented by Lamar Police Department Chief, Kyle Miller and City Administrator, John Sutherland, to the City Council; a two year study of crimes in […]