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Nice Touch for Downtown

Near Main and Olive Streets

 

It didn’t take long for the new decorative flower pots to grace the Lamar downtown business district once the CDOT TAP grant letter was received by the City of Lamar this past Monday, June 10th.

Angie Cue, Downtown Development Director, informed the council during their regular meeting, that the long-awaited funds-release letter had been received. That gave the city the needed go-ahead to purchase just over $83,000 in flower pots that had been sitting and waiting at The Home Store in Lamar.  The proprietors had purchased the pots some time ago and it took longer than anyone expected for the funds to be released to the city for subsequent payment to the local business.  That’s all over with now and the pots are being installed and flowers planted.

In other matters, Cue’s report to the city indicated that the notice for the DoLA REDI grant application is pending. Once funds are received, some renovation work will begin on the former Main Café on Main Street.

Patriots of the Santa Fe Trail (PSFT), a volunteer community group is planning to put artwork on traffic light boxes on Main Street and Olive Street. The artist’s concepts will be submitted this month for review by PSFT, the city council and final approval by CDOT.  Funding for the project comes from a $1,000 match for artwork supplied through the Pedal the Plains event set for this September in Lamar, Holly and Springfield.  The La Colonia and Main Street Box is on the bicycle route, while PSFT is raising funds for artwork to be incorporated on all the boxes.

By Russ Baldwin

 

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