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Lamar City Council meeting of May 13, 2024

Lamar City Council meeting of May 13, 2024

Lamar City Council met May 13, 2024 for a regularly-scheduled meeting.  City Treasurer Kristin Schwartz presented the 1st quarter financial report.  She then spoke to Council about the NUE grant and how it is being used.  The overall grant was $1,924,082.37.  So far, $69,813.87 has been spent for SECED and $90,000 committed for the Ark […]

Lamar City Council approves Special Event Permit for Chamber of Commerce’s Cinco de Mayo Event

Lamar City Council approves Special Event Permit for Chamber of Commerce’s Cinco de Mayo Event

  City Council met on March 25, 2024.   Kristin Schwartz, City Treasurer, gave the evening’s first report, telling Council that the city is receiving $155,000 from a GOCO grant for its Recreation Master Plan.  The money will go towards hiring a consultant.  Also granted to the city is $1.8 million from the Congressional Directed Spending […]

Lamar City Council Meeting of March 11, 2024

Lamar City Council Meeting of March 11, 2024

All Council members were present for the meeting of March 11, 2024.  Mayor Kirk Crespin told Council that he was adding a second executive session following the regular meeting to discuss personnel matters.  He also wanted to remind Lamar residents that watering restrictions would soon be in place and that there are several free dump […]

City Council Approves Liquor License for LaMar, Fills Vacant Ward III Council Seat

City Council Approves Liquor License for LaMar, Fills Vacant Ward III Council Seat

  Lamar City Council met on February 26 for its regular bi-monthly meeting.  After a brief Executive Session to discuss an appointment for the open Ward III Council Seat, the meeting was resumed and Council voted 5 to 1 to appoint Shalah Mata to the vacancy which was created when Mike Bellomy stepped down to […]

City Council Delays Decision on Liquor License for the LaMar, Inc./dba The LaMar

City Council Delays Decision on Liquor License for the LaMar, Inc./dba The LaMar

Lamar’s City Council met for a regularly-scheduled meeting on February 12, 2024.  All current Council members were present (a replacement for Councilman Mike Bellomy has not been finalized.)  After the meeting was called to order by Mayor Kirk Crespin, Council heard reports from the City Treasurer, City Clerk and City Administrator.  Treasurer Kristin Schwartz told […]

Council Approves Ordinance 1269, Hears List of Holiday Event

At the regular City Council meeting on November 27, Mayor Kirk Crespin began by presenting a plaque of appreciation to outgoing Council Member Mike Duffy, thanking him for all the work he has done for Lamar. Council voted to approve, on second reading, Ordinance 1269.  The Ordinance provides for the elimination of the distance restriction […]

New Council Moves Forward on Agenda

New Council Moves Forward on Agenda

  With the November General Election concluded, new and re-elected Lamar City Council members took their oath of office to begin their term.  David Zavala, recently elected to serve Ward 2, replacing Mike Duffy, was administered his oath by Judge Lane Porter to begin the November 13, 2023 council session.  Per the City Charter which […]

Departing Council Finalizes Agenda Items

Departing Council Finalizes Agenda Items

The outgoing Lamar City Council concluded the details of its agenda during the November 13th meeting.  Ordinance 1268, pertaining to vacating the east-west alley between off 401 South 14th Street for Anthony Aguilera, was approved.  The alley has not been used in decades and is located between lots 1 and 2, Block 4 in Maxwell’s […]

Lamar Council Okays Street Name Change, Liquor Permits

Lamar Council Okays Street Name Change, Liquor Permits

    The Lamar City Council approved Resolution 22-06-01 renaming South 11th Street to Thunder Drive to match the recent change of the Lamar High School’s mascot to Lamar Thunder during its June 13th meeting.  The street runs north/south connecting Savage Avenue to Yucca Drive.  The new, official mailing address for the high school will […]

Ark Valley Conduit on Fast Track

Ark Valley Conduit on Fast Track

  Bill Long and Lee Miller, representing the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, told the Lamar City Council an influx of federal funds has allowed the Arkansas Valley Conduit to move forward on its construction date.  The Conduit, first proposed in 1962, has been treading water for half a century or more until the past […]

Lamar Council Votes Against Challenging Court Ruling on Petitions

Lamar Council Votes Against Challenging Court Ruling on Petitions

  The Lamar City Council voted no twice, following an open discussion of the avenues left open to it regarding the March 24, 2022 District Court ruling by Judge Michael Davidson, declaring the marijuana election results invalid.  The votes were challenged in January resulting in a court trial against the City of Lamar and City […]

City Waiting for Ruling on Latest Marijuana Ballot Challenge

City Waiting for Ruling on Latest Marijuana Ballot Challenge

    Arguments against the validity of the initiating ballot questions pertaining to the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana products were presented before Prowers District Judge, Michael Davidson on Monday, January 10th.  His decision is expected to be issued to both parties by February 1st. In the court hearing, Wanda Rohlman, Plaintiff, was represented […]

Council Okays Lamar Chamber Oktoberfest Beer Garden

Council Okays Lamar Chamber Oktoberfest Beer Garden

  A special event permit for a beer garden requested by the Lamar Chamber of Commerce was approved by the Lamar City Council on Monday, September 13th, for the annual Oktoberfest event, set for October 2nd.  The beer garden will run from 10am to 11pm and be staffed by TIP certified hosts.  A public hearing […]

Motels are in the Works

Motels are in the Works

  As the Cow Palace Inn on the west side of North Main Street is currently being refurbished, plans are underway to build a new motel across from it on the east side of North Main, a Best Western Inn and Suites. And there could be another distant future motel project with the city council’s motion […]

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 […]