City Council Meeting Starts at Valco Ponds

Excavation Work at Valco Pond, Spring 2012

The Lamar City Council will begin their Monday meeting with a work session at the Valco Pond area this afternoon at 5pm. The 200 acre site is being turned over to the city by owner Tim Brubaker. Some upgrades to the acreage were done this past spring and summer, in anticipation of the deed transfer. The smallest of the four ponds was filled in and the slopes to the ponds were graded, providing easier pedestrian access. Erosion prevention measures were also done at the base of the bridge spanning the river. Although some of the ponds have been stocked by the Division of Parks & Wildlife, the land is still privately owned, and local police have urged the public not to trespass on the property. Long range plans call for the site to be turned into a public park area with walking trails and parking facilities. Some buildings on the land are still privately owned and will be fenced off for security reasons.

The regular meeting in council quarters has a very limited agenda with some reminders about community activities, including Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday, November 4 and an update on the Honeywell contract for HVAC improvements to the Lamar Community Building will be provided. The council will also discuss temporarily reducing annual membership fees to the Community Building during December. An executive session has also been set so the council can receive legal advice on questions regarding pending litigation involving the City of Lamar.

by Russ Baldwin


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