Lamar Fire and Police Receive Funding for Equipment


The Lamar Police Department received the go-ahead to apply for a Bulletproof Vest Program which will provide 50% funding for the vests the officers wear while on duty. The five vests cost $2,250 and with tax and handling of another $20, the total is $2,270.  The approved grant will half that cost to $1,135.  Police Chief, Kyle Miller, said the purchases will be made anyhow, but the grant will help reduce costs to the city.

Lamar Fire Chief, Jeremy Burkhart received permission to accept $5,800 through the Timothy A. Greer Endowment Fund with CIRSA, the risk management agency which provides service to the city. The funds will purchase a power lift cot for one of the city’s ambulances.  The money will be used in conjunction with a $10,000 donation the city received for a cot last year.

Proceeds from the Hells Half Acres Haunted House were donated to the Lamar Fire Department’s annual fireworks fund by B.J. Graves and Ben Moore. The annual donations help the fire department staff to reach their annual goal of around $8,000 to purchase the 4th of July display.  Unfortunately, the donation fell short compared to past years, $1,871.30, due in part to the haunted house being established at a different location than the one at West Elm and South 6th Street that had been in use for numerous years.

A public hearing date of May 14th was set for a temporary modification of premise application for Desiree’s Inc, running from August 17th at 5pm to August 18th at 2am and again from August 18th at 10am to August 19th to 2am for the alley adjacent to the eastside of the building during the downtown classic car show.

The council approved the renewal of license agreements for copiers used by four of the city’s departments including the city’s Recreation Department, the City Clerk’s office and the Fire Department.

After 18 years, the boiler at the municipal pool has had it. After a search of Pueblo outlets, with negative results, the city checked with Parker Mechanical in Lamar and learned one is available to the firm and can be installed.  The City had budgeted $40,000 for a replacement with the local cost at $37,070.

City Administrator, John Sutherland, highlighted some local events including the Lamar city-wide spring clean-up day, Saturday, April 28th from 7am to 4pm, the council’s monthly breakfast will be held at Subway from 7 to 8am on Wednesday, May 2nd, the annual PMC Health Fair will run May 8-10 from 7 to 11am and the hospital’s Golden Jubilee will be held Friday, May 11th from 7 to 9pm at the PMC campus.  He also noted $1,541 was raised April 21st from the Lamar Animal Shelter Yard Sale Fundraiser held at the Vaqueros Saddle Club Building.

The council went into executive session to discuss strategies regarding ARPA and the 2018 Joint Budget with Prowers County.

By Russ Baldwin

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