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ARPA and LUB Are Settling Lawsuit

  The lawsuit between Lamar Light and Power and ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority is drawing to a close and is expected to conclude following ARPA’s monthly meeting set for Thursday, February 25th.  Utility Board members voted to approve a proposed settlement with ARPA, Case Number 14CV30045, during their meeting Tuesday, February 23rd.  Following an […]

Community Benefits from Recent DOLA Grants

The Department of Local Affairs has sent letters of acceptance to the City of Lamar and to the Prowers County Board of Commissioners acknowledging that two funding requests have been approved. The Lamar Shore Arts Center Pocket Park will receive $75,000 from state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds. The letter to Mayor Roger Stagner […]

City Continues House Demolition Project

  Tearing down derelict houses in Lamar helps improve a neighborhood in a number of ways; the area becomes free of blight, property values have a chance to increase, there’s less of a risk of other houses falling into disrepair, vandalism, vagrancy and drug houses are reduced, and an opportunity develops for a new house […]

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Municipal Holiday Schedule

  All City offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday and will reopen on Monday, January 4th, 2016.  The Public Library will be closed on Friday, January 1st, 2016 and will reopen Monday, January 4th at 9:30 a.m.  The Community Building will be closed on […]

Lamar Sales Tax Showing Year Long Growth

  Sales Tax collections for the City of Lamar, year to date through November, show a gain of 7.92% for city sales tax, translating to $217,579 over last year at this time. Total sales tax collected since January of this year is $2,964,860 compared to last year’s figure of $2,747,281. Total Sales and Use Tax […]

Redevelopment Authority Approves 2016 Budget, Funding for Pocket Park Construction

Two funding resolutions were passed by the Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board during Monday night’s meeting, October 26th.  One resolution adopts the 2016 budget for the Lamar Redevelopment Authority at $137,245, providing for revenues and expenditures.  The other approves up to $50,000 in funding for the improvement of the Shore Arts Center Pocket Park.  City Administrator, […]

City Resolution Will Divert Funds from PCDI

A resolution passed by the Lamar City Council during their October 26th meeting called for funds normally earmarked for Prowers County Development Incorporated in the 2016 city budget, to be redirected for community development in conjunction with the city’s Main Street Program. The City of Lamar and Prowers County have shared the costs of funding PCDI […]

Council Says “No Sale” on Proposed Yard Sale Ordinance

A public hearing was not needed to review a proposed ordinance prohibiting Perpetual, Prolonged and Extended Yard Sales in Residential zoned areas of the City of Lamar. The proposal died for lack of a motion from the council.   Additional discussion and definition will be needed before the council comes to a conclusion on the final […]

Lamar City Council Sets 2016 Budget

The Lamar City Council was joined by the Lamar Utility Board of Directors for the public hearing held regarding approval for the 2016 budget. Revenues for the City are projected for next year at $7,890,328, which is an increase of $233,035 compared to the 2015 budget. The Sales Tax Revenue of $1,357,206 is steady against […]

Lamar Officials Briefed on Reliever Route Updates

The long anticipated Reliever Route or Lamar By-pass is still in the planning and financing stages, but some alternatives for three key points of the 9.7 mile, two lane road around Lamar were discussed by CDOT and AECOM engineering officials this past Wednesday, September 30th. City of Lamar, Prowers County officials and local and regional […]

Crews Start Street Repair Projects for Lamar this Week

The City of Lamar Public Works Department has begun preparing several streets in town for milling and overlay work which is expected to start Tuesday, September 15th. Tree limbs must be trimmed that could interfere with paving equipment along with manholes and water valves that need to be lowered to accommodate the milling work. The […]

ARPA Considers a New Rate Structure

Municipal member communities of ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, may see a change in their electric rate structure pending the outcome of a cost of service electric rate study commissioned by the organization. During the group’s monthly meeting held in Las Animas last month, members hired JK Energy Consulting to conduct a study which provided […]

County Building Projects Discussed

“The new courthouse boiler has been installed but it hasn’t been filled with a chemical mix. We’re going to wait until the fall to do that and give it a test run,” stated Kirk Powers, Building Operations Supervisor to the Prowers County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 21. Powers was providing an update on some current […]

Lamar Council Approves Utility Developments

The council authorized an agreement for engineering services for $10,000 for the Main Street Water Distribution System Project Needs Assessment.  The goal is to replace the city’s aging water mains underneath Main Street in anticipation of CDOT’s re-surfacing project set to begin in early 2016.  A Needs Assessment on the project, costing $10,000, is required […]

ARPA and City of Lamar Perspectives on Required Demolition Permit

The City of Lamar and ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, have been at legal loggerheads for the past year over the failed Lamar Repowering Project, its ultimate disposition and the ability to default on the construction bonds used to build the coal fired plant. The plant has been offline since late 2011.  In September 2014, […]

Lamar Revenue Taxes Show Monthly Gain

The City of Lamar’s April Sales and Used Tax shows a 3.96% improvement over April 2014 by $9,235.95 with $242,352 collected this past May and $233,116 collected last year.  Other Sales and Use Tax collections improved 1.06% over the same time last year for a gain of $2,784.  Total collections for April 2015 are at […]

Lamar Police Department and Domestic Safety Sign Agreement

Lamar Mayor, Roger Stagner, signed a memorandum of understanding between the Lamar Police Department and the Domestic Safety Resource Center as outlined by Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller and Kathy McCorkle, Executive Director of DSRC. The MOU will help to provide assistance to victims of domestic crimes, as the Center currently provides such items as […]

Schaefer Selected as Interim Lamar Librarian

  Todd Schaefer, a substitute teacher for Wiley middle and junior high school and a board member of the Lamar Library, has been appointed as a replacement for Debbie Reynolds, the former librarian.  Schaefer has been a board member for just over a year and has lived in Prowers County with his young family for […]

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 […]

CP&W Hosted Free Fishing Day

    Half a dozen staff members of Colorado Parks and Wildlife were on hand at North Gateway Park in Lamar this past Saturday, May 16, hosting a second annual free fishing day for area youngsters.  All the youngsters had to do was show up with a parent, as everything they needed was provided for…even […]