Lamar Council Approves Mission Villanueva Expansion

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The Lamar City Council, Monday, July 24th, approved a request from Roberta Macias, owner of the Mission Villanueva Restaurant for a modification of licenses premises application. Macias intends to build an outdoor patio at her restaurant at 300 Savage Avenue, which would allow alcohol to be served to patrons taking their meal outside. Plans call for a wall which will run from the north side of the building around the east side and the exit would be located on the southeast side of the building. Macias said she expected the new addition to be able to serve 20 to 25 people.  The restaurant has been in operation in Lamar for the past 17 years.

Following a public hearing for creation of a subdivision at the T. L. Tucker property on North Main Street in Lamar, the council gave approval for the Pilot/Flying J subdivision project. The company plans to erect a new truck stop due north of the Lamar Canal on the east side of the highway.  Developers expect it will take 100 days for the completion of the facility which includes a 24/7 operation with gas pumps, a limited service restaurant and a C-store.  Councilman Kirk Crespin asked about the scope of the construction at the intersection light.  Administrator Sutherland said the road would be widened to about 45-50 feet to allow southbound trucks to turn into Colonia Avenida.  Regular traffic will be able to exit the truck stop on the northern road that divides the former Car Palace from the Tucker property.  He added, “Working with the Pilot people has been a very positive experience and we want to be able to help them get rolling in the construction project.”

A single bid for pavement work at the Lamar Municipal Airport was submitted by American Pavement Solutions and approved by the council. The initial bid, $205,988 was less than the engineer’s estimate of $263,800.  However, Jviation Engineers recommended additional work be conducted to rehabilitate Runway 18/36 at a cost of $34,500 which still came in under the estimate.  The final contract for $240,488 was awarded to American Pavement Solutions.  In related action, the council approved an FAA Airport Improvement Grant application for $300,000 and was awarded $295,000 for runway improvements.  A 10% match goes with the grant.  CDOT Aeronautics provided 5%, or $14,750, so the city’s cost will be the same 5%.

Lamar Police Chief Kyle Miller, told the council a replacement Humvee is available to the department at no cost to the city. Under the 10-33 Program, the department receives equipment to be used in emergency situations.  Instead of repairing the current Humvee which has a faulty injection pump, the department located a replacement vehicle in Kersey, Colorado.  There is no cost to the city other than retrieving the new model.  If it doesn’t meet city expectations, Chief Miller said the department is under no obligation to take the vehicle.  The current vehicle will be parted out before it’s returned to the state.

The council agreed to participate with Prowers County in hosting the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association Finals at the County Fairgrounds for the next two years, 2018-2019. The Lodging Tax Panel confirmed that it will pay the required $32,000 participation fees to the Association and both municipal entities are contributing services and materials, along with Lamar Community College, to the contestants during the May event each year.

The narrow, short bridge over the Lamar Canal on Commercial Street will be repaired. The council approved a CDOT contract for the replacement project, LMR-9 sometime after the bridge received a sufficiency rating of 22.7 out of 100.  The bridge has been deemed ‘structurally deficient’ and is required to be replaced or closed to vehicle traffic.  In 2015, the Special Highway Committee awarded the City of Lamar with a grant of $392,480 which represents 80% of the estimated cost to reconstruct the bridge.  Sutherland said the city will be able to contribute sufficient in-kind work on the project to offset any cash payments on the matching funds.

The council ratified an earlier phone poll supporting application of Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) for a Certified Small Business Community Grant. The funds will finance a satellite SBDC office in Lamar Community College to help facilitate economic growth and business development in Prowers County.  The nearest other SBDC is located in La Junta.

A public hearing was set for August 14, 2017 for discussion of a request from the Lamar Chamber of Commerce to host a beer garden on city property during the annual Oktoberfest, set for September 23rd. The festival is held at the chamber offices on East Beech Street.

Daniel Nuehold was re-appointed to a five year term on the city’s Water Advisory Board, expiring in February, 2022.

A single bid from Daniel Neuhold was received by the city for janitorial services at the Colorado Welcome Center in Lamar.   He has serviced the Center for the past six years and bid $675 per month, the same as last year.  The council awarded the bid to Neuhold.

Administrator Sutherland ran through a list of future events for the council including the Colorado Junior Rodeo July 27-30 in Lamar; Rivals will host the next informal council breakfast on August 2; the Lamarlins are hosting the Seasonal State Swim Meet at the Lamar Pool August 4-6; the annual Prowers County Fair will be held August 5-12;  a council budget workshop has been set for August 7 at 6pm at the council chambers and a joint budget discussion with the County will be held in the Annex on  August 15th.

By Russ Baldwin

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