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City Council Okays New LUB Board Member, Olive Street Station Liquor License Transfer

The Olive Street Station transfer of ownership and retail liquor store license from Ken Roe to Donald Compton and T.J. Sanders was approved following a brief public hearing. The business at 403 East Olive Street was recently purchased and both Sanders and Compton told the council there are no plans for any changes to the […]

Road Work Begins on Granada Safe Routes to School

Granada Police Chief David Dougherty informed the Trustees during their October 14th meeting, work on the CDOT, Safe Routes to School project, will begin the week of October 19th.  The major cost will be paid for through grant funding and as of October 5th, the contractor, MonCor LLC had been brought on board for the […]

Holly Landfill Issues Improving, Working with Tighter Budget

  Two years ago, the Holly landfill received a number of deficiency gigs regarding operations and record keeping. Matters are improving and this past Thursday, July 30, interim Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange, met with state and county representatives to review the current status of the landfill. L’Estrange noted that the town’s record keeping for the […]

Granada Safe Route to Schools Project Could Begin in September

Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, stated that the Safe Routes to School project will be rebid after three weeks of advertising for the project.  The pre-bid meeting is July 23 with CDOT officials and any area contractors interested in the project.  It has been revamped in light of the lack of any close estimated bids […]

Holly Trustees Discuss Water Project, Flood Plain Ordinance

Representatives from Antencio Engineering visited in Holly late last month to prepare a preliminary report for the city’s REDI Water project.  Grant funding will be needed for the project which will see crossings under railroad tracks and Highway 50 in town.  Holly Mayor, Brad Simon, said the funding may be available from DOLA, but as it’s […]

City Seeking Funding for Main Street Water Main Repairs

The City of Lamar will 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 have estimated the water project at $3,246,800 with the bulk of the cost amounting to $1,228,000 […]

Kim Verhoeff Appointed Lamar Municipal Court Judge

  Attorney Kim Verhoeff was the lone applicant to show interest in replacing Larry Stutler as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lamar. Stutler has tendered his resignation from the office effective December 31, 2014.  He has been the Municipal Court Judge since 2008 and following the November General Election, was set for […]

Holly Trustees Approve 2015 Budget

The Holly Trustees approved the 2015 budget following a hearing that preceded the regular monthly meeting this past Wednesday, November 5. Total General Fund expenditures for 2015 are projected at $354,442, only slightly below the current year estimate of $355,216 Revenue for 2015 from other than property taxes is $283,653. The mill levy is expected […]

Finance and Maintenance Discussed by Granada Trustees

Granada will host an information session on September 19 for a gathering of elected officials and staff from Granada, Holly and the Prowers County Commissioners. Prowers County Development Incorporated Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff, told the Granada Trustees, Wednesday, September 10, DOLA and OEDIT representatives will provide information on how to qualify for a REDI Grant […]

Holly Trustees Discuss Insurance, Utilities

  The Holly Trustees scheduled a work session in preparation for the 2015 budget.  “As the utilities comprise the largest portion of the budget, I recommend we begin there,” said Marsha Willhite, City Administrator.  The session is set for September 15 and discussion will also focus on the costs associated with funding a town police […]

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews Insurance Contracts, Board Member Application

Lamar Utilities Board members voted to continue insurance coverage for its 29 mile gas pipeline.  The coverage with IMA Kansas Inc. routinely renews on September 3 and was initiated in 2005.  Other insurance carriers for the city, such as CIRSA or Traveller’s, covers the power plant substations and wind turbines, but not for the pipeline.  […]

Granada Gets Used Fire Truck, Trustees Ponder a Facebook Site for Town

The Granada Trustees covered topics ranging from the town’s levee inspection to initiating a facebook page on the internet for Town of Granada activities.  John McMillan, from the town’s public works department, said new regulations for the levee will be discussed with inspectors when they view some of the updates that have been made, during […]

Financial Upswing Noted for Holly Community

    The town of Holly is experiencing a spurt in prosperity with increases in revenues from three areas.  Marsha Willhite, Town Administrator, informed the Trustees at their monthly meeting, Wednesday, November 6, that an increase in revenue from dirt deposits at the town landfill are higher than expected when the 2013 budget had been […]

Holly Trustees Rebidding Roof Repairs for Library & Theater

  The Holly Town Trustees discussed their options regarding bids for roof repairs to the town Library and Theater. No bids were received in the most recent set of requests and the trustees decided to re-bid the projects, setting cost margin at a higher amount. Whether to go with insulated foam or a metal roof […]

Repowering Project Upgrades May Run through 2013

  ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, provided utility board members with a written update on the status of the Repowering Project.  The boiler manufacturer, Babcock and Wilcox, has continued to make modifications to allow the unit to operate at maximum potential without exceeding emissions limitations stipulated in the light plant air quality permit.  To date, […]

Light Plant Customers Will See Electric Rate Drop in 2013

  Electric rates should be dropping by 7% for Lamar Light and Power customers, based on kilowatt per hour usage.  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh reviewed the new rate schedule in the 2013 budget for Lamar Utility Board members during their Tuesday, November 13 meeting.  A rate increase of 2.5% will be in effect, […]

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Portions of 2013 Budget

  The System Operating report from the Lamar Utilities Board indicates that Platte River Power Authority plans to end the contract with the board and ARPA for the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates, effective the end of this month.   Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh said Platte River is not taking the option to extend the […]

Light Plant Makes Additional Storm Damage Insurance Claims

  The Lamar Utility Board held a brief meeting this past Tuesday, June 26 before adjourning into executive session to receive legal advice regarding WildEarth Guardian litigation and legal questions pertaining to the Lamar Repowering project. Board members award several bids:  $115,048 to Altec Industries for a 2012 Bucket Truck with an aerial device; $29,326 […]

Light Plant Takes $125,260 Equipment Hit from April Tornado

The April 27 tornado in Prowers County caused $125,260.33 in equipment damage for Lamar Light and Power.  The figures were presented by interim Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh during the May 29 meeting of the Lamar Utilities Board.  The City of Lamar’s insurance carrier, CIRSA has been given the cost of damages for reimbursement.  The […]

Granada Trustees Approve New Fire Truck, Discuss Truck Parking Ordinance

Granada is getting a new fire truck.  The town board voted to purchase a 1987 model from Washington State to replace the 1964 model currently in use.  Ricky Silva informed trustee members he had found a model priced at $8,000 that had around 54,000 miles of use.  It will cost an additional $2,500 to get […]