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Council Approves ARPA Bond Sale Ordinance

Council Approves ARPA Bond Sale Ordinance

  The Lamar City Council approved, on first reading, the Power Purchase Agreement between the City of Lamar and Tri-State G & T and the termination of the Power Supply Agreement between the City and Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA). As part of the agreement, the city approved ARPA’s execution of the Defeasance Funding and […]

Council Combines Monthly Meeting with Ribbon Cutting

Council Combines Monthly Meeting with Ribbon Cutting

    The Lamar City Council held its monthly informal breakfast meeting at the Quality Inn, formerly the Super 8 Motel on North Main Street in Lamar this Wednesday, April 4th.  The ribbon cutting was to commemorate the remodeling project that had taken place at the hotel, expanding the road side front of the building […]

Lamar Street Projects and Crime Trends Discussed at Council Work Session

Lamar Street Projects and Crime Trends Discussed at Council Work Session

    The Lamar City Council received a two-fold briefing from Pat Mason, Public Works Director and Lamar Police Chief Kyle Miller during an information-oriented work session this past Monday, February 5th. Mason gave an update on street improvement projects over the past five years, made available through the council’s budget for street, curb and […]

One Step Up Kids Going Buggy!!

One Step Up Kids Going Buggy!!

    Lamar kids are becoming more connected to the great outdoors. Students from One Step Up and the HOPE Center at Lincoln School have been working to complete two long-range projects.  One is to see sod laid on the dirt playground at Lincoln School and the other is the completion of the skate park, […]

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 Police Plan to Adjust Number of Employees, Alter Salary Structure

Lamar Police Plan to Adjust Number of Employees, Alter Salary Structure

Noting the employee turnover among Lamar Police Department officers, Chief Kyle Miller presented plans to the Lamar City Council, to reduce the department by two employees, a detective and a street officer. The move is being made to help distribute those salaries among current officers and to curb the number of officers who leave the […]

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 […]

New Truck Stop Planned for Lamar

New Truck Stop Planned for Lamar

    Bill Mulligan, Vice President of Development for the franchise Pilot Flying J, said Pilot Travel Center will open their newest project in Lamar in about 100 days from the start of construction. The Center will occupy land just north of Avenida Colonia and to the east of Highway 50. The Lamar City Council […]

Haggard represents Lamar at Ports-to-Plains Washington DC Fly-In

Haggard represents Lamar at Ports-to-Plains Washington DC Fly-In

Lamar Councilwoman Beverly Haggard, who represents Lamar on the Ports-to-Plains board of directors was in Washington, DC last week with a delegation of the organization’s supporters to meet with Congressional offices to discuss the importance of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor and other issues critical to growing our rural economy. The group of 17 people came from […]

Lamar Chamber Seeks Board Member from City Council

Lamar Chamber Seeks Board Member from City Council

  The Lamar Chamber of Commerce conducts its annual transition between outgoing and incoming board members at this time of year. With several positions still open on the board, the Chamber and Lamar City Council are exploring having a council member sit on the board.  Council members discussed the options among themselves during a limited […]

Groundwork Starts on Lamar Pocket Park

Groundwork Starts on Lamar Pocket Park

Preliminary construction work on the proposed Pocket Park for downtown Lamar has begun. An excavation crew from Carrigan Construction was on the scene, Thursday, December 1st, scraping away the top most layer of asphalt and dirt, making way for a sand base which will be more concrete friendly, according to Mark Carrigan. “We should be […]

LPD Provides Community Drug Update

LPD Provides Community Drug Update

If you take and slice 1/16th of an inch off a rubber eraser from a pencil, it would be the approximate size of the 0.2 grams of black tar heroin held by Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller in this photo.  “The street value of a tenth of a gram of heroin is $10, so we’re […]

Useful Statistics Can Provide Info for Local Retail Growth

Useful Statistics Can Provide Info for Local Retail Growth

A review of 1623 households within a 25 mile radius from Lamar indicates a number of residents have spent upwards of $150 on shoes for a child under one year of age. The same propensity applies for similar purchases for sweat suits, underwear, dresses and outerwear.  The same report shows that of 793 households, very […]

New Sign is Up and Running

New Sign is Up and Running

Community State Bank in Lamar donated a new electric sign at the Community Building. Plans were announced in April and work got underway in the early summer.  Work crews completed about 99% of the project on Wednesday, August 3rd. “All it needs is some fine tuning and then we can begin to program all the […]

Council Approves Replacement Equipment for Fire Department

Council Approves Replacement Equipment for Fire Department

The council authorized the purchase of a breathing air compressor with fill station for the Lamar Fire Department. Chief Burkhart explained that the current model, now 21 years old, has a failed compressor and will no longer charge the breathing apparatus used by the department.  The item, estimated at $51,502 is not a budgeted item […]