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Lamar Utility Board Approves 2022 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Approves 2022 Budget

    The Lamar Utility Board approved the 2022 Budget with a unanimous vote during the October 12th meeting.  The budget includes total revenues in excess of $17.8M, $16.4M from retail electric sales and the remaining primarily from wind turbine production.  The budget is proposing expenses of $15.3M which includes $11M for power supply.  Additional […]

Lamar Council Approves Electric Charging Stations

Lamar Council Approves Electric Charging Stations

    The Lamar City Council voted to meet the growing demand for charge stations for vehicles using electricity for their main power source.  The action came following considerable discussion during the October 11th meeting over how the location of the two proposals would encroach on daily traffic around the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Service to the Public’s Trust

Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Service to the Public’s Trust

  If you are like many Coloradans, you are probably familiar with or utilize the great assets managed by Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW). These include 42 state parks, including the recently created Fishers Peak State Park, which is a magnificent gift and legacy to our state. Another 350 wide-ranging state wildlife areas provide unparalleled […]

Lamar Utility Board Moves Forward on 2022 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Moves Forward on 2022 Budget

  The Lamar Utility Board held a brief meeting, Tuesday, September 28th after which, they moved into executive session to receive advice on legal questions related to a Public Utilities Case.  During its September 14th meeting, Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, informed the board that the deadline for SECPA, Southeast Colorado Power Authority to file […]

Cobblestone Hotel Groundbreaking Set for October 6th, Joe Giadone Honored

Cobblestone Hotel Groundbreaking Set for October 6th, Joe Giadone Honored

    The Lamar City Council approved a modification of the incentive package for BriMark Buildings Construction, LLC for the Cobblestone Hotel Development project during their September 27th meeting.  Their attorneys had requested a change from the City and Redevelopment Authority Board regarding the Substantial Completion Date clause, as long as the owner is in […]

PEP Approves Wiley Clinic Matching Funds

PEP Approves Wiley Clinic Matching Funds

  A new medical clinic, opening in Wiley, received matching funds of $5,000 from Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) after board members voted to approve the money which will be coupled with $5,000 from the Wiley Steering Committee.  The incentive funds will help pay for remodeling the facility which will be a small, single provider, family […]

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operation Report - September 2021

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operation Report – September 2021

  ARPA Board Reviews Preliminary 2022 Budget: A preliminary budget was presented to the ARPA Board of Directors at its August 26 meeting. The budget includes total revenues of $30.4 million, power supply costs of $14.3 million, transmission costs of $3.5 million, A&G costs of $1.4 million, and debt service costs of $8.3 million. This […]

The Summer of 2021 Weather Review from National Weather Service-Pueblo

The Summer of 2021 Weather Review from National Weather Service-Pueblo

  Meteorological Summer (June, July and August) of 2021 started out very warm and dry with several high temperature records being set across Colorado through the first half of June, including June 16th when the temperature topped out at 100 degrees in Colorado Springs. This marks only the 10th time on record in which the […]

Lamar Utility Board/ARPA Close Another Segment of Lamar Repowering Project

Lamar Utility Board/ARPA Close Another Segment of Lamar Repowering Project

    The Lamar Utility Board met Tuesday, September 14th and discussed a provision of the settlement agreement from February 2016 between Arkansas River Power Authority, the City of Lamar and the Lamar Utility Board. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh explained that ARPA has furnished a Corporate Surety Bond for $2M which named LUB as […]

Holly Trustees Search Options for New City Well Development

Holly Trustees Search Options for New City Well Development

  The Holly Trustees reviewed their options for the town’s water infrastructure plan during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, September 1st.   The town’s wells are aging out and a new water storage tank is also needed. Following a Zoom meeting with Water Engineer Nick Marcotte from Element Engineering, the Trustees are looking at the most financially […]

City Purchases New Fire Truck

City Purchases New Fire Truck

    The Lamar City Council combined a planned executive session with a last minute public meeting to discuss the need to purchase a replacement fire truck for the city’s fire department. Fire Chief Jeremy Burkhart explained that the department’s oldest structural fire engine failed its annual pump certification. The unit is 30 years old, […]

Council Discusses Ark Valley Conduit Funding

Council Discusses Ark Valley Conduit Funding

    What began as an idea for improving water quality for southeast Colorado residents back in 1962 has gone through numerous stages of planning, design, EPA studies and funding resources.  It’s still on the table, connecting stored water in Pueblo Dam to share with communities connected to the main trunk and spur lines as […]

Lamar Utility Board Reviews 2022 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Reviews 2022 Budget

    Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, provided a view of the proposed Capital Improvement and Operation and Maintenance segments of the 2022 budget for Utility Board members on Tuesday, August 24th. A substantial amount of the budget is for repeat expenses and remaining generally in line with the previous year’s financial projection.  Capital Improvement […]

City Administrator Search Resumes, Troy Manor Property May Have a Buyer

City Administrator Search Resumes, Troy Manor Property May Have a Buyer

  Lamar Mayor, Kirk Crespin, and the city council set an executive session for August 30th to meet with the city administrator search team representative, Larry Gilley of SGR, to discuss four new candidates available for the position.  “We can look at the new candidates and make a decision from that point, or we can […]

USDA Approves Colorado’s State Hemp Plan, Creating a Pathway to Expanded Operations and Testing

USDA Approves Colorado’s State Hemp Plan, Creating a Pathway to Expanded Operations and Testing

      LONGMONT – Governor Polis, Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and officials from the U.S. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the approval of Colorado’s State Hemp Management Plan that provides details on practices and procedures to enable hemp producers to operate in Colorado in compliance with federal laws. “Colorado is the undisputed leader in […]