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Costly Swimming Pool Repairs Considered by Lamar City Council

The Lamar City Council  discussed a proposal to hire a consulting firm to determine what has caused pieces of the pool’s finish lining to peel off, sometimes by as much as two foot strips. The Lamar Municipal Swimming Pool was resurfaced in 2013 by Pacific Western Coatings, but the results on the finish have not been […]

Lamar Council Approves Grants and Funding for Police, Fire, Computer Software

The Lamar City Council approved requests for grant applications and city equipment during their Monday, August 24th meeting, including the GOCO grant needed to finish the two remaining ball fields at the Four Plex. Rick Akers, Lamar Parks and Rec Director, outlined the final work to be done by the lowest bidder, Timberline Landscaping of […]

Summer Sales Tax Continues Gains

City of Lamar Sales Tax collected in June was up 14.21% for a $35,497 increase over last year and Total Sales and Use Tax Collections was up 9.71% for a $26,688 gain during same period. Year to date collections show an increase of 8.63% for the period between January and July of this year for […]

Never Ending War on Weeds & Blight

Every day, Monday through Friday, the Lamar Police Department issues a ‘rounds’ report, a synopsis of what the Lamar Police Officers have encountered in a 24 hour span of patrol duty around the City of Lamar. After reading these for a summer, or for five or more years as a reporter, you notice a trend […]

Water Main Break Closes SOS Center on East Olive Street

Due to a water main break on Olive Street in Lamar, resulting in the lack of water in the building, the Lamar Community Resource & Senior Center and SAGE Nutrition are closed today, July 30, 2015. The Prowers Area Transit Services (PATS) continue at this time, however, PATS may need to close early today. Any […]

Five up for Re-election on Lamar City Council

Five persons on the Lamar City Council are up for re-election this November 3 if they choose to run. Anne-Marie Crampton represents Ward 1 and can run for another four year term. One of the newer council members, Gerry Jenkins, represents Ward 2 and is also facing re-election for a four year term. Beverly Haggard […]

Summer Packs a Wet Wallop

Lamar and portions of southeast Colorado was hit by two intense storm systems this past Tuesday and Wednesday.  Last night’s storm saw sustained winds of 62mph, according to the National Weather Service out of Pueblo, and gusts up to 76mph which brought down numerous tree limbs and branches and leaves during the height of the […]

Free Firewood Available at Lamar Transfer Station

If you want it, you can come and get it, according to Lamar Public Works Director, Pat Mason.  There are some provisions a resident has to follow for the free firewood,  though. Mason said the opportunity comes at the last weekend of every month, during the free weekend at the city transfer station on Crystal […]

Council Considers Lights for Lucy’s Tacos

The owner of Lucy’s Tacos food wagon on South Main Street in Lamar has asked the city council if three light poles, similar to the decorative ones along downtown Lamar, could be erected near the new eatery.  The spot has caught on with local residents and serves lunch and dinners into the evening hours.  It’s […]

Urban Authority Okays Funding for Las Brisas

“Thank you for your consideration and for establishing this organization which can help fund business ventures and re-purpose existing businesses in town,” said Alfred Bergquist, during his attendance at the Monday evening meeting of the Lamar Redevelopment Authority.  Lamar Mayor, Roger Stagner, had asked Mr. Bergquist if he had any comments regarding his grant application […]

Interim Librarian Expected Shortly

“The Lamar Library Advisory Board has been exceptionally helpful in providing a list of local candidates to act as the city’s interim librarian while we search for a full-time replacement,” explained Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, late last week.  The city had announced the retirement of Debbie Reynolds as Librarian for the Lamar Public Library […]

Turnaround Noted in Lamar City Sales Tax Revenue

Tax Revenues collected by the City of Lamar for this past March have shown an overall increase.  City sales tax is up 9.52% for a $26,935 gain over the same time last year.  Use Tax and Other Tax collections, while traditionally smaller, noted a drop of about $14,000 combined, over the same period.  Totaled, the […]

Focus on Finances at PMC Board Meeting

The Prowers Medical Center Board of Directors held their first monthly meeting since the official groundbreaking ceremony was held, April 13, for their 18 month, $12M renovation project.  The directors approved a modification to the Parkview Memorial Hospital affiliation agreement, limiting the contract to one year, renewable annually, instead of an open-ended schedule.  Parkview will […]

Lamar City Sales Tax Posts Another Monthly Gain

Total Sales and Use Tax Collections for the City of Lamar are up 6.18%, or $15,660, for the month of February.  Collections for the early year total $268,956 compared to the same time last year when collections were at $253,564.  City Sales Tax was up 7.81% for a $17,326 increase in that single category. Year […]

Lamar Council Approves Funding for LPD Policy Upgrades

  The Lamar Police Department will receive a new policy and procedure manual from the firm, Lexipol.  Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller, explained the service will also provide local officers with daily scenarios-based training that reinforces agency approved policies and procedures, as well as regular updates for the life of the contract.  Chief Miller added, […]

All About Skin Requests Improvement Grant from URA

Jo Goff, owner of All About Skin, at 201 South 4th Street in Lamar, requested a building improvement grant from the Lamar Urban Renewal Authority this past Monday, April 13.  Shawna Hodge, Community Development and Urban Renewal Manager, informed the board the building’s roof is in need of replacement, amounting to $29,102.  A letter submitted […]

Water Main Break at LCC

Water has been running up, out of the road at the main northern intersection into Lamar Community College.  Sometime Monday morning, a break occurred, resulting in water being literally pushed up through the asphalt, just under the traffic lights on the western side of the intersection. Lamar police have blocked off the western lane of […]

Gain for City Sales Tax Revenues, 2015

The new year began with an upswing in sales tax collections for the City of Lamar.  Total Sales and Use Tax Collections were up 2.99% over the previous year at this time for a gain of $10,192.66.  Total collections were $351,460 compared to last year at this time of $341,268.  City Sales Tax was up […]

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

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 […]