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Lamar Partnership Incorporated and the City of Lamar accepted $3,000 in scholarship funds from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.  The Lamar City Council voted to accept the grant during its September 11th meeting.  The money covers the costs incurred for the Main Street Now 2018 annual conference and Main Street Summit which will be held next year in Kansas City, MO. 

The Lamar Animal Shelter will receive $2,000 in grant funds to vaccinate dogs received at the shelter to help prevent outbreaks of Parvo or Distemper.  The Lamar Shelter was chosen by Adoption Options in Action Fund 2017 for the grant. Lamar Police Chief Kyle Miller told the council the application was for $1,000, but Pet Finders doubled the donation. 

Dante at Recent Scouting Event

Regarding the city and dogs, the council noted that K9 Dante is 7.5 years old and has reached the age of retirement.  Dante was received by the Lamar Police Department when he was four years old and was engaged in narcotics detection, tracking and patrol work.  Dante’s handler, Officer OJ Pierce, turned in a letter of resignation earlier this month to take a position with the Colorado State Patrol. The council voted for the retirement request and to retire Dante to the custody of Officer Pierce. Chief Miller said there will be a future discussion about bringing in a new K9 for the department. “If we do, I’m considering we have a dog that is not ‘bite’ trained for takedowns. We’ve only had two instances over several years when this was needed and it is a cost consideration as well. Those types of dogs need annual certification and we can consider a dog that is trained only for narcotics detection and for tracking.” 

The council adopted Resolution 17-09-02 which amends the Personnel Management Manual Section 4-C-4 work schedules for the Lamar Fire and EMS Department.  This will help eliminate some recent confusion regarding hours of work and overtime for Fire Protection employees of the City of Lamar. City Administrator, John Sutherland, noted that overtime costs have risen tremendously and this procedure would impact seven of 9 current employees. It was noted that the new procedure has been in effect since January and the employees are comfortable with it. The adoption of the resolution was a formality. 

The council voted to accept the 2018 Property/Casualty Preliminary Contribution quote from CIRSA, accepting the $1,000 deductible and premium as well as the Worker’s Compensation quote for 2017 from CIRSA accepting the $5,000 deductible and premium. 

Administrator Sutherland, noted several calendar highlights for the council including the current observance of Colorado Cities and Towns Week through September 15th; the Ports-to-Plains Anniversary Reunion September 12-14 in Lubbock, Texas; Big Timbers Night at the Museum at 6pm on Thursday, September 14th; Oktoberfest at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce offices on Saturday, September 23rd, along with the annual BBB Hospice Fundraiser at 11am on East Beech Street.
By Russ Baldwin



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