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Construction Projects Underway in Lamar

Construction Projects Underway in Lamar

    A visit to parts of Lamar indicates some people are busy this mid-winter. The pace has increased at the community correction facility, known as the Advantage Treatment Center on East Maple Street.  Mark Carrigan, who is handling most of the renovation project for the former WPA facilities, said he expects the eastern most […]

Granada Moving Forward with Water Tank Grant

Granada Moving Forward with Water Tank Grant

    Granada Trustees and Mayor Glenn Otto discussed an application for a DoLA water grant to fund a new water tank for the town. Otto has been in talks with a representative from the GMS engineering firm which alternated between a new water main system for Granada and a new water tank.  Otto suggested […]

LUB Restocking Parts, Wind Turbine Repairs Underway

LUB Restocking Parts, Wind Turbine Repairs Underway

  The Lamar Utility Board approved a lease agreement with Prowers County for the installation of Advanced Media Infrastructure (AMI) metering antennae and a base station at the Carlton Tower. The $3,000 fee is automatically renewable each year. The Board also approved the purchase of several groups of poles to replace its inventory including 40 […]

City Narrows Search on Outdoor Christmas Decorations

City Narrows Search on Outdoor Christmas Decorations

  Angie Cue, Lamar’s Community Development Director, gave an update on funding for new outdoor Christmas decorations for the city. During a January 28th meeting of the Lamar Redevelopment Authority, Cue said many of the current light pole decorations are almost 40 years old and have been repaired by Lamar Light and Power.  A four […]

City Taking Steps to Move Storm Water off the Streets

City Taking Steps to Move Storm Water off the Streets

  The City of Lamar is seeking two $600,000 grants, one from a Community Development Block Grant and another from the Department of Local Affairs to help complete a storm water drainage improvement project. A $78,000 cash match from the city will bring the total cost of the project to $1,278,000.  The cash match has […]

PEP Annual Meeting Set for March 4

PEP Annual Meeting Set for March 4

    The PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity board announced that the “BEAR” is coming and those attending the annual business meeting at the Shore Arts Center on Monday, March 4th, will be introduced to how the four points of the ‘BEAR’ can help augment economic growth in Prowers County. The recent strategic planning meeting held […]

Pedal the Plains Relies on Community Volunteers

Pedal the Plains Relies on Community Volunteers

    The 2019 Pedal the Plains, three-day biking event, will be held in Lamar, Springfield and Holly between Friday, September 13th through the 15th.  Each of the three days takes a commitment from community volunteers, according to Tour Director, Deirdre Moynihan.  She and several members of the planning group held an overview meeting for […]

Discussion Focuses on Lamar Housing Needs

Discussion Focuses on Lamar Housing Needs

  Adequate, affordable housing and job/business growth are intertwined. If Lamar and Prowers County can’t meet future housing needs, the job market and new businesses may not develop in the community.  A lot of rental and ownership properties are sub-standard and out-of-date according to a 2017 study that assessed six counties in southeast Colorado.  These […]

Wind Turbines Output Fractionally Higher than 2017 Numbers

Wind Turbines Output Fractionally Higher than 2017 Numbers

  Lamar Light and Power Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, told the Lamar Utilities Board, the wind turbine generation data for 2018 indicated that Lamar’s three turbines have generated 10,599.57 MWH’s of electricity, about 0.18% higher than what was produced in 2017. The turbines have an average capacity factor of 26.34% which is lower than last year […]

Downtown Decorations Approved

Downtown Decorations Approved

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 […]

CWCB January 2019 Drought Update

CWCB January 2019 Drought Update

As of January 22nd, exceptional drought, D4, continues to affect southern Colorado covering 2.8 percent of the state, extreme drought, D3, covers 19 percent of the state; severe drought 20 percent and 26 percent is classified as moderate drought. An additional 16 percent of the state is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions. Forecasters expect a […]

Lamar Utility Board Takes No Action on Net Metering

Lamar Utility Board Takes No Action on Net Metering

    Several Lamar Light and Power customers who use commercial solar panels to augment their electricity were disappointed to learn that the Lamar Utility Board took no action regarding changes to the net metering policy under which they operate. The customers believe the percentage of return for the generated electricity under their systems should […]

City Council Begins 2019 with Full Agenda

City Council Begins 2019 with Full Agenda

        The Lamar City Council began their first meeting in 2019 with almost three dozen items on the agenda, this past Monday, January 14th. Councilmembers ratified a phone poll approving the cancellation of a court appearance for Prowers Aggregate Operators, LLC with the State of Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board. According to […]

PEP Focus Meeting Prioritizes Housing as Key to County’s Economic Growth

PEP Focus Meeting Prioritizes Housing as Key to County’s Economic Growth

    Almost three years after PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated, downsized the number of its board members, hired an executive director and transitioned into PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity, members compared their initial goals to current priorities. This past Friday, January 11th,   working with strategic plan expert, Sheryl Trent, of SBrand Consulting, members conducted a […]

Council Discusses Motel Development for Lamar

Council Discusses Motel Development for Lamar

  Since the City of Lamar helped fund a feasibility study with SECED last year for building a motel within the city limits, the council has been speaking with potential developers on the cost and what type of financial incentives could be brought into play. The council expanded on that note this past Monday, January […]