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Council Sets 2020 Budget, Sends Ambulance Agreement to County

Council Sets 2020 Budget, Sends Ambulance Agreement to County

    City of Lamar ambulance service will be continued in areas of Prowers County not served by the Holly Ambulance Service. This past June, Prowers County agreed to a six month contract for $60,000 in which ambulance service would be provided to those areas until December 31st.  The city and county had agreed to […]

ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority - Business Operations Summary, October 2019

ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority – Business Operations Summary, October 2019

        Future Power Supply Considerations: During the legislative session of 2019, the State legislature passed a handful of new bills that will most certainly have an impact on future power supply options and cost. The legislation included goals to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) by 26% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. […]

Holly Administrator Search Narrows

Holly Administrator Search Narrows

        The search for a new administrator for the Town of Holly has been narrowed to two candidates. Interim Administrator, Steven Rabe, told the Trustees Monday night, October 2nd, he will contact the two, Edward Patton of Sedgwick, Kansas and Michael Tanner from Barling, Arkansas, to set up interview dates to meet […]

Food for Thought at Colorado Mills

Food for Thought at Colorado Mills

    Colorado Mills hosted its 4th annual chef’s tour of the facilities in Lamar this past Monday, September 30th, providing an opportunity for Front Range representatives to learn about some aspects of field to market production in hopes of adding to the growth of rural agriculture products along the Front Range and throughout the […]

Basic Agenda for Lamar Utility Board Meeting

Basic Agenda for Lamar Utility Board Meeting

The Lamar Utility Board approved $14,685.86 in purchase orders from a total of $33,234.92.   Payment of bills amounting to $1,176,175.74 was also approved during the September 24th meeting.  Power purchases from ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, for what may be the last time this summer, were over the million dollar mark at $1,055,432.08. Total operating […]

Lamar City Council Moves Forward on Waste Water Project

Lamar City Council Moves Forward on Waste Water Project

  The City of Lamar is moving forward with a water quality improvement project as the city council ratified a phone poll for a WQIF grant for $243,300 with a local match of $30,350 for the completion of the project. The city owns a wastewater treatment facility headworks building, lift station and fine screen and […]

New County Fire Truck Already in Action

New County Fire Truck Already in Action

    The new pumper/tanker fire truck purchased recently by Prowers County has already been out on two recent calls even though it hasn’t been given a ‘personal’ touch for outfitting equipment or decals, according to Staffon Warn, Prowers County Fire Chief. “We put our order in last February after working with the Prowers County […]

County Moves Forward with Energy Efficiency Programs

County Moves Forward with Energy Efficiency Programs

    The Prowers County Commissioners, during their September 17th meeting, approved a resolution concerning the authorization of the Colorado New Energy Improvement District to conduct the program, called Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) within Prowers County. ‘(C-PACE) is a financing tool that allows commercial and multifamily property owners to finance qualifying energy […]

Arkansas River Power Authority BUSINESS OPERATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2019

Arkansas River Power Authority BUSINESS OPERATIONS – SEPTEMBER 2019

  ARPA Board Reviews Preliminary 2020 Budget: A preliminary budget was presented to the ARPA Board of Directors at its August 29 meeting that anticipates no rate increase for 2020. The budget includes total revenues of $30.9 million, power supply costs of $14.4 million, transmission costs of $3.25 million, and A&G costs of $1.96 million. […]

Lamar Utility Board Holds Brief Meeting

Lamar Utility Board Holds Brief Meeting

  The Lamar Utilities Board held a brief regular meeting on Tuesday, September 10th.  Purchase orders totaling $188,313.44 were submitted and of those $1,165,067.85 were submitted for approval including $1,146,034.19 for power purchased from ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  That marks another month in which the Light Plant purchased over one million dollars’ worth of […]

Hemp Processing Business Slated for Lamar

Hemp Processing Business Slated for Lamar

    The Lamar City Council added an extra item to its September 9th meeting agenda to provide information for a proposed hemp processing business to be located at the former Kmart building at 701 North Main Street in Lamar. The council contacted by phone, Hiver Salley of Isolate Kings LLC and Tara Hosick, Prowers […]

Council Considers Study for Year-Round Covered Pool

Council Considers Study for Year-Round Covered Pool

    Lamar is joining with High Plains Community Health Center in a Memorandum of Understanding to research the feasibility of a partnership leading to a year-round covered swimming pool or aquatics center to serve Lamar and the surrounding area on an annual basis. The goals outlined in the MOU include:  the ‘low-cost’ study of […]

Swisher Appointed to Holly Trustee Board

Swisher Appointed to Holly Trustee Board

    Rod Swisher was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Holly Trustee’s Board during their monthly meeting, September 4th.  He is replacing Aaron Leiker who submitted his resignation at last month’s meeting.  Swisher will fill that seat until April 2020 at which time, he and four other Trustee’s will be up for re-election […]

Lamar Utility Board Advised on 2020 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Advised on 2020 Budget

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted that budget talks for 2020 are underway and Capital Outlay will include the scheduled 69KV breaker upgrade, distribution system upgrades, tree trimmings, wind turbine maintenance and safety and training education. An early estimate shows Capital Improvement projects at $985,000 and Operations and Maintenance at $527,500. Purchase […]

City Council Covers Varied Agenda

City Council Covers Varied Agenda

      The council appointed Roger Stagner as the City of Lamar’s replacement representative to the Arkansas River Power Authority, ARPA. He will replace John Sutherland who resigned his position this past July following his retirement.  Colleen Messersmith was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Lamar Housing Authority Board when the term of […]