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City Council Schedules Public Hearing for Sand and Sage Beer Garden

City Council Schedules Public Hearing for Sand and Sage Beer Garden

The Lamar City Council set July 13 as the date for a public hearing for the Prowers County Fairboard.  Members are requesting a special events permit to host a beer garden during some events at the Sand and Sage Fair in August.  The council also held a public hearing for a special event permit for […]

Light Plant Makes Repairs on Area Outages

Light Plant Makes Repairs on Area Outages

The Lamar Utility Board held a brief meeting, approving purchase orders and payment of bills.  A bid for underground junction boxes for $5,357 was approved to maintain stock inventory.  Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained that some of these will be used as parts of the electrical infrastructure for the proposed dormitory pod for Lamar […]

City of Lamar Can Take ARPA to Jury Trial over Repowering Project

City of Lamar Can Take ARPA to Jury Trial over Repowering Project

The Senior District Court Judge, Scott Epstein, in the cases against ARPA by the City of Lamar and the Ratepayers comprised of several local business owners, ruled that although the Ratepayers case has no standing and their case was dismissed, the suits brought by the City of Lamar and Lamar Utilities Board can move forward […]

ARPA/LUB Scholarships Announced; Exploration of New Power Source Continues

ARPA/LUB Scholarships Announced; Exploration of New Power Source Continues

The Lamar Utility Board held a brief general meeting before moving into executive session regarding the assets of the Lamar Repowering Project.  Prior to that, the December 2014 Financial Report was delivered which showed that cash was up $159,533 from November and accounts receivable increased by $155,456.  There was a gross operating loss for the […]

ARPA Board Signs Sales Agency Agreement for the Lamar Repowering Project

ARPA Board Signs Sales Agency Agreement for the Lamar Repowering Project

The Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) has entered into an agreement with International Process Plants (IPP) to assist with the marketing and sale of the Lamar Repowering Project power plant. IPP is a global asset recovery firm based in Princeton, New Jersey with offices and infrastructure in seventeen different countries. The contract with IPP follows […]

Lamar Council Considers PMC, Spreading Antlers Requests

Lamar Council Considers PMC, Spreading Antlers Requests

The Lamar City Council took no action during their work session Monday, March 9,  on  requests for financial support from two entities, Prowers Medical Center and Spreading Antlers Golf Course. Prowers Medical Center had requested a waiver of $54,000 in building permit fees for its pending construction project, estimated at $7,595,000.  The construction is expected […]

Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan Adopted

Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan Adopted

The Lamar City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan during Monday night’s council meeting.  Mayor Roger Stagner and City Administrator John Sutherland specified that many of the plans are contingent on adequate funding and this long-term project will not be completed in just a few years.  It will involve […]

LUB Extends Fact-Finding Agreement with Energy Production Companies

LUB Extends Fact-Finding Agreement with Energy Production Companies

The Lamar Utility Board spent only a few minutes with their regular meeting agenda on Tuesday, January 13, and the bulk of the meeting in executive session, reviewing a contract extension with representatives from GreenCastle and BioStar Renewables.  GreenCastle and Lamar Light and Power entered into a 90 day contract last fall, employing the energy […]

Interim Administrator Appointed for Town of Holly

Interim Administrator Appointed for Town of Holly

  Jerry L’Estrange attended his first trustee’s monthly meeting for the Town of Holly as interim administrator Wednesday, January 7.  L’Estrange has been hired by the town to fill the vacancy left by Marsha Willhite following her resignation in November.  He will serve in that capacity while the search for a permanent administrator continues. The […]

Year in Review 2014:  November/December

Year in Review 2014: November/December

  November: As 2014 began to close the City of Lamar had plans for future activities.  The city will thought to take advantage of CDOT’s deep resurfacing project along US Highway 287/Main Street through Lamar next year, and will replace all the affected water and storm water lines during the highway construction.  JVA Consulting Engineers […]

2014 Year in Review-September/October

2014 Year in Review-September/October

September: Shawna Hodge, Executive Director for Lamar Partnership Incorporated, announced that the city had won first place for the 2014 Colorado Main Street of the Year.  She said the selection was made by the Colorado Main Street Advisory Board and announced by the State Department of Local Affairs.  The judging was based on two criteria:  […]

2014 Year in Review-May/June

2014 Year in Review-May/June

  The close of 2014 will put us at the halfway mark for the decade.  Some use the passage of time as a measuring tool…how much have we done…how much time have we got left.  But the timetable for a city or county should probably be measured in accomplishments, not a calendar.  Some projects and […]

ARPA, LUB Mediation Set for January 2015

ARPA, LUB Mediation Set for January 2015

The Lamar Utility Board held its final monthly meeting of the year on Tuesday, December 9.  General housekeeping matters occupied the majority of the agenda.  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh noted that mediation with ARPA regarding a pending lawsuit will begin next year, on January 14th  through the 16th. Hourieh stated that although a […]

Holly Trustees Lease New Landfill Loader, Appoint ARPA Representative

Holly Trustees Lease New Landfill Loader, Appoint ARPA Representative

Some slight modifications were made to the Holly administrative line-up during the Trustee’s monthly meeting in light of former Administrator, Marsha Willhite’s resignation.  Mary Rushton, Town Clerk and Treasurer assumed the administrator’s duties on an interim basis and Megan Jara was sworn in as the new Clerk and Treasurer for Holly.  Rushton told the Trustees […]

Lamar Utility Board Discusses Collection Write-Offs

Lamar Utility Board Discusses Collection Write-Offs

  The Lamar Utility Board voted to accept the annual collection write-offs for unpaid customer bills for the year.  The uncollectible accounts for 2013 amounted to $49,997.99, which is only a hair shy of the $50,000, budgeted for that year.  That sum represents 0.38% of the Light Plant’s 2013 revenues of $13,145,197.  A collection agency […]

Lamar Utility Board Seeking Alternative Power Sources for Light Plant

Lamar Utility Board Seeking Alternative Power Sources for Light Plant

The Lamar Utility Board ratified a letter of intent between LUB and Greencastle, an energy development firm from Ohio. The letter directs Greencastle to perform an exclusive feasibility study which will focus on options for the future use of the Lamar Repowering Project.  Greencastle is a full service energy developer that specializes in renewable energy […]

Judge Denies Lamar’s Restraining Order Request Against ARPA & Syncora

Judge Denies Lamar’s Restraining Order Request Against ARPA & Syncora

The City of Lamar and Lamar Utilities Board were denied a request for a temporary restraining order against ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority and bonding agent, Syncora Guarantee, during a hearing conducted this past Wednesday, October 22. A Senior Judge, Scott Epstein, ruled that the parties will have 90 days to come to some form […]

City Prepares Finances for Main Street Overhaul

City Prepares Finances for Main Street Overhaul

  CDOT will begin a major overhaul of North and South Main Streets in the City of Lamar sometime in February or April of next year. Josh Cichocki, City Water and Wastewater Manager, said the city needs to secure funding to finance its share of the infrastructure improvement project while the water and wastewater main […]

Lamar Utility Board Approves 2015 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Approves 2015 Budget

The 2015 Lamar Light Plant budget was passed by the Lamar Utility Board during their meeting, Tuesday, October 14. The budget, according to Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, is in two sections.  One budget deals with the revenue requirements for Operations for the transmission and distribution of electricity.  The second deals with the Lamar Repowering […]

Holly Trustees Renew Sheriff Contract

Holly Trustees Renew Sheriff Contract

  With a three to two vote, the Holly Trustees renewed the annual contract with the Prowers County Sheriff’s office for 2015. The town will pay $51,000 for law enforcement coverage of the community for the year for 40 hours per week.  During earlier discussions on the contract, several Trustees felt more attention should be […]