Council Receives CDOT Update on Main Street Construction



South Main Street

The Lamar City Council was provided with a Highway 287/Main Street construction update by a representative of American Civil Constructors, the engineering firm contracted for the highway upgrade during their January 8th meeting.

“Once we get done with the east side between Park and Oak Streets, we’ll start on the median and that will complete the first phase of the project, perhaps by mid February,” he explained, adding that work on the waterlines continues on the north end of the project, trying to get ahead of schedule where possible. “We’re trying to work through the winter to get back on schedule,” he told the council that working through the cold winter weather will create some difficulties.  More work on the north end will focus between Washington and Grant Streets and then the work will move between Oak and Beech Streets and get the main lines done before the next holiday season.  The last section of work will run from Beech to Grant and finish the small section of roadway from Washington Street to the Lamar Canal.  The representative said he’s a little concerned about the status of the waterlines in the downtown area because of the age of the infrastructure.  Depending on that situation, he estimated the entire project could be completed in early 2019.

The council designated various posting areas for announcing future public meetings in accordance with the Colorado Open Meetings Law. Some of these areas include: Lamar Light and Power offices, the Lamar Chamber of Commerce, the SOS Center, LCC and the information board between the Lamar Library and the City Complex.

As a housekeeping action at the start of a new year, the council considered liaison appointments to various boards and commissions. There are 18 different organizations which have city council representation. Rafael Rodriguez, who replaced Keith Nidey on the council, will assume his liaison positions with the Parks and Rec Board, Community Resource/Senior Center and Lamar Partnership Inc. Mayor Stagner said the positions would be finalized by the next council meeting.

The council approved the memorandum of agreement between the City of Lamar and Southeast Wellness Works. The Works organization will continue to assist city employees with consultation and services for those who may have personal substance problems which could affect job performance. This will be the second year of such an agreement which charges $650 for eight sessions for an employee. Bert Davis, the city’s HR representative said there have been 72 sessions for employees since 2013 and 17 individual sessions this past year.

The council approved a grant application on behalf of the Lamar Animal Shelter to help cover costs associated with spaying and neutering all dogs prior to the animal being transferred or adopted so the new owner is not burdened with an additional cost. The application is for $8,400 for spaying and neutering and $1,600 for veterinary care for a total of $10,000 to the Colorado Pet Over-Population Fund. Local vets have agreed to provide a discounted rate to the Lamar Animal Shelter for the medical procedures.

An agreement between the City of Lamar and Municode was approved to allow the Municipal Code Corporation to complete the re-codification process and continued support for the City of Lamar Municipal Code.

City Treasurer, Kristin McCrea explained the city’s need to file an Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification of Justice each year. The agreement certifies the amount of equitable sharing money that was spent each year and the balance of unspent funds. The City of Lamar tracks DEA forfeiture money through this program. As of December 31, 2017, there was a balance of $1,092.24 of forfeiture funds with $1,500 spent in 2017. She added the city will receive an interim audit on January 22nd and a formal edit has been planned for April 30th to May 5th.

Administrator Sutherland briefed the council of future community events including the annual Lamar Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Lamar Eagles Lodge on January 24th and the January 10th due date for nominations for the Citizen of the Year award to be presented that evening. Councilman, Anne-Marie Crampton noted that Prowers Economic Prosperity, PEP, has moved its headquarters to the LCC Administration Building while the organization seeks a permanent location.

By Russ Baldwin

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