Council Approves City Energy-Water Study

The Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board met to approve a resolution to appropriate funds for their 2012 budget. City Treasurer Linda Rohlman said the money is expected from collections of property taxes in the Urban Renewal District. Revenues are anticipated to be $128,531 with operating expenditures expected to be the same for four local business interests: American Transit Work, LLC at $7,250; Holiday Inn Express at $11,745; Thoughts in Bloom at $0.00; and Cow Palace Inn, LLC at $2,335. The County Treasurer’s fee is budgeted at $3,856 and Undesignated Projects at $103,346.

The city council agreed to allow Honeywell Building Solutions to perform an analysis of the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure and make recommendations on how the city can pay for upgrades through the savings realized through more efficient energy savings and systems performance. As outlined in a letter to Honeywell Building Solutions from Englewood, Colorado, Mayor Roger Stagner outlined areas of concern for the city, centering on various water and wastewater developments and general city facilities. Some areas included upgrading water metering systems, evaluate the efficiency of water treatment and distribution systems, and evaluate upgrades to the city’s well field and safety and manpower efficiency. Areas of concern for the city include energy efficiency, lighting improvements, HVAC systems and building envelope improvements for windows/doors/roofs for the city’s airport terminal building, and the city complex including library, Cultural Events Center and Fire Station. The project will be conducted in calendar phases ranging from 60 to 120 days for a preliminary feasibility analysis, 90 to 180 days for detailed development of the projects and four to 12 months for implementation of the suggestions. The study will be conducted following the guidelines set up by the Governor’s Energy Office and there will be no charge to the city for the feasibility study. The council has the ability to proceed beyond the initial analysis provided by Honeywell.

The city council ratified a December 1 phone poll appointing Houssin Hourieh of Lamar Light and Power and Lamar City Administrator Bill Pfeilsticker to the ARPA Board of Directors. The council took the action as no one had stepped forward to fill the positions left vacant by the retirement of Bob Schemahorn and the resignation of Rick Rigel as ARPA interim general manager. Rigel has recently been approved as general manager of ARPA, Arkansas Valley Power Authority, and as such, cannot serve on the board as that could constitute a conflict of interest.

The council re-appointed the Honorable Larry Stutler as Municipal Judge for the City of Lamar. His term expires on December 31 and each additional term will be for not less than two years. There will be no alteration in salary for the position.

Asphalt, Concrete and Road Base Material bids from four firms, Carder Construction, All Rite Paving and Redi Mix, Inc., Riverside Aggregates and Robbins Redi Mix. This is an annual bid procedure conducted by the city for materials to be supplied for the next 12 months. The council will make an evaluation through the year on an item-by-item basis for various materials.

The council and City Administrator Bill Pfeilsticker briefly reviewed options for the Lamar Rotary Club’s request for ideas for a community improvement project. Improvements and a roof or awning for the stage at the Enchanted Forest was discussed. The city added some shims to steady the floor and Building Material Supply provided a quote for the cost of a roof. The council still rejected the urging of CDOT to construct a 1,200 square foot addition to the train terminal which would provide shelter and coin dispenser snacks to train and bus travelers, 24/7. Earlier the council decided there would be no gain to the city for such a venture in light of the cost of the city’s share of any construction funding, plus an estimated $120,000 in annual maintenance fees that would fall to the city.

Councilman Ruedeman reminded the council, the city had passed an ordinance with a December 31st deadline, placing a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. He said the council will need to continue the deadline at the next council meeting. Councilwoman Haggard asked if the city was responsible for snow removal from the parking lot behind Quiznos. Patrons of Curves use the lot and had difficulty parking and walking to the entrance of the building. Administrator Pfeilsticker said he would also check to see if the city was responsible for the parking lot west of Cruikshank Realty.

The council noted upcoming events and dates through the remainder of the year. City offices will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 for the holidays. The annual Polar Bear Bike Ride will start at 1pm on January 1st from the Lamar Community Building. The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, December 27. City offices will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2012.

By Russ Baldwin

 

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