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Downtown Decorations Approved

Main Street Flower Pots

Additional grant-funded flowerpot arrangements will be made available for downtown Lamar in the near future. Angie Cue, Lamar’s Community Development Director, explained that in the past, Lamar Partnership Incorporated has used a Main Street Mini-Grant for the displays, but DoLA has revised some guidelines which restrict annual and perennial flowers that are perishable with a life span under five years.  Last year, flower arrangements totaled $2,675.82 for 72 pots, soil and fertilizer.  The CDOT TAP grant will purchase 197 pots including installation and materials and the Lamar Home Store estimates that at $23 per pot for flowers total $4,351.  This does not include current pots or moving them to new locations.

The Lamar Redevelopment Authority focused its attention on holiday decorations during their January 28th meeting.  Lamar’s Christmas pole decorations are at the end of their usefulness after almost 40 years.  Cue said the city doubled the number of current poles, from 24 to 48 since the Main Street Renovation Project between Park to Colonia Streets, which left some areas between the Cow Palace and Lamar Community College empty, as well as some portions of East Olive Street.  The city has about 80 light decorations and companies are offering post-season discounts of from 30 to 40% with the average cost per light at $320.  A four year replacement program, at $10,000 worth of upgrades per year will allow all the lights to be replaced on Main and Olive Streets.  The Redevelopment Authority decided to fund $5,000 and will ask Lamar Light and Power for a cash match.  If not, the Authority will fund the entire $10,000.

By Russ Baldwin

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