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Syracuse Dairy Adding Beef Cattle to Holly Operation

Syracuse Dairy Adding Beef Cattle to Holly Operation

    The Prowers County Planning Commission, following a public hearing on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, approved the request from Syracuse Dairy in Holly for an amendment to their Special Use Permit. The dairy intends to add about 20,000 head of beef cattle on their 610 acre operation south of Holly. The dairy consists of […]

LUB Begins 2020 with Financial Report and Board Candidate

LUB Begins 2020 with Financial Report and Board Candidate

    The Lamar Utility Board held its first meeting of 2020 and approved $707,237.61 in purchase orders from a total of $734,496.38 submitted for payment. Of that the ARPA power estimate for December was $647,508.04. Repairs for the gear box on wind turbine #4 were $17,110.22. Total payment of monthly bills amounted to $1,029,105.05. […]

Holly Electric Rates to Remain Unchanged

Holly Electric Rates to Remain Unchanged

    Holly Mayor, Calvin Melcher, cast the tie-breaking vote for Ordinance 530 to prevent the raising of rates and tariffs for municipal electric customers. The four to three split had Trustees Corey Stephens, Jacob Holdren and Joshua Reinert in favor and Larry Sitts, Anthony Moldenhauer and Rod Swisher opposed. The tie was ended with […]

Council Begins Community Improvements for 2020

Council Begins Community Improvements for 2020

    The Lamar Redevelopment Authority voted to table a request for $5,105 in additional funding for Wild West Athletics during its December 23rd meeting. The funding is intended to cover unanticipated exterior work at Wild West Athletics at 110 North Main Street in Lamar. The LRA had earlier approved a request for $8,920 for […]

ARPA December 2019 Business Operations Summary

ARPA December 2019 Business Operations Summary

ARPA Board Adopts 2020 Budget. At its December meeting, the ARPA Board approved its operating budget for 2020 in the amount of $26,412,190. The 2020 Budget supports the Board’s ongoing plan to accumulate sufficient cash to retire 2010 bonds when they become callable in 2020. The Budget will ensure funding for operations including adequate revenue […]

Replacement Process for Colorado Green Turbines to Begin

Replacement Process for Colorado Green Turbines to Begin

    Colorado Green Holdings, LLC received permission from the Prowers County Planning and Zoning Commission for an amended Special Use Permit on Wednesday, December 11th. The permit will allow the company to reduce the number of turbines from 108 to 100 over the next several months and was granted following a public hearing. Avanagrid […]

Lamar Utilities Board Sets ECA Rates for 2020

Lamar Utilities Board Sets ECA Rates for 2020

      Members of the Lamar Utility Board attended their final meeting of 2019 to consider approval of a 2020 Electric Cost Adjustment to customer’s utility bills as well as approve a resolution adopting a modification to the annual charger appropriation adjustment tariff which is paid to the City of Lamar each year. An […]

Early Christmas for Lamar Animal Shelter

Early Christmas for Lamar Animal Shelter

      Not many people would want a set of scales as a Christmas present, but Sarah McCloskey was happy to receive one this past Thursday, December 5th. It wasn’t for her, though. The Lamar Animal Medical Center presented a needed scale to the Lamar Animal Shelter after learning the shelter did not have […]

New Members Join the City Council Line-up, New Concrete Work Planned for South Main Street

New Members Join the City Council Line-up, New Concrete Work Planned for South Main Street

  The Lamar Redevelopment Authority ratified a December 6th phone poll approving the submission of a letter of support to the City of Lamar. The letter will be included in a Brownsfield Grant application to help defray costs with the abatement, demolition and removal of the former Troy Manor Motel which is located just south […]

Holly Trustees Welcome New Administrator, Sets Infrastructure Goals for 2020

Holly Trustees Welcome New Administrator, Sets Infrastructure Goals for 2020

  Michael Tanner, Holly’s newly hired city administrator, attended his first Trustees meeting on Wednesday, December 4th and got right into the mix of an agenda that covered the town’s 2020 budget and mill levy, discussion of the need for a personnel policy manual, appointments to the ARPA board following the resignation of David Wilhite […]

Council Breakfast Talk Covers Train Engine, Coal Plant and Marijuana Sales

Council Breakfast Talk Covers Train Engine, Coal Plant and Marijuana Sales

    Manual Tamez and Joe Gonzales attended their first Lamar Council informal breakfast as new members this past Wednesday, December 4th, as well as Kirk Crespin as newly elected mayor. The council has recently made an effort to engage residents in the monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month at rotating […]

Colorado Transportation Funding

Colorado Transportation Funding

  On Thursday, November 21 2019, the Colorado Transportation Commission approved three Ports-to-Plains corridor projects on U.S. 40/287, between the Oklahoma/Colorado border and Limon, totaling $27.5 million. This amount is in addition to the over $28 million in NHFP, INFRA and FASTER and SAFETY Funds committed to the corridor earlier this year. National Highway Freight […]

LUB Continues Power Project for Hemp Farm

LUB Continues Power Project for Hemp Farm

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, informed utility board members, work continues with Nature’s Alternative Farms, LLC (NAF), owned and operated by Bill Grasmick and Karl Nyquist, on from three to five megawatts of electric load for the McClave facilities. Hourieh explained the power will supply greenhouses and processing facilities for hemp. He […]

Lamar Council Approves 2020 Budgets, Selects Two New Councilmen

Lamar Council Approves 2020 Budgets, Selects Two New Councilmen

The council approved the 2020 budget for the City of Lamar, passing Ordinance 1234 which provides for the appropriation of revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year. The general fund is $8,681,941 and the sales tax fund is listed at $3,921,246. Other areas covered include E-911 Fund, Conservation Trust Fund, Sanitation, Water & Sewer and […]

Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

Energy Smart Agriculture Workshop Series Planned for Colorado Producers

Sessions ​will focus on energy efficiency, cost savings, on-farm renewables and funding assistance   DENVER – November 7, 2019​ – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will host a series of energy smart agriculture workshops in early December to detail energy savings and climate resiliency opportunities for farmers and […]