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Where They Stand: Holly & Granada Economic Assessment Report

  A Rural Economic Development grant has financed a study of Holly and Granada to provide an assessment of the current and potential business climate of each community. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, DOLA and the Colorado Office of Economic Development of International Trade, sponsored the study which was held earlier in the year. […]

Holly Trustees Election Set for April 5

  The Town of Holly will hold a municipal election for Trustees and Mayor on April 5th of this year.  Current Trustees, Marty Campbell and Larry Stitts are up for re-election and Holly residents, Josh Reinert and Corey Stephans are making a bid for a seat on the Trustee’s board.  Jerry Jones, who has become […]

Water Lamar Fee Schedule for 2016

Customers of the City of Lamar will soon be paying higher water use fees, as the council approved a new schedule to help offset increased loan costs to pay off past infrastructure improvements and help accrue additional finances for future improvements. The council has deliberated at length this year, including holding several work sessions, to […]

Council Reviews Final Water Rate Increases

Water rates will increase early this year for City of Lamar customers as the council is expected to approve the resolution at the next city council meeting on January 11th.  The council held a multi-purpose work session on the 4th to provide a final review of the rate increases for residential and commercial customers.  The […]

PCDI Seeking Partners on PUMA Plan

  Additional details about the PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, economic assessment for Prowers County were discussed during the monthly Prowers County Development Incorporated board meeting, December 15th.  Last month the board decided to fund one half of the $50,000 project with $25,000, proceeds derived from the recent sale of the East Washington Street incentive […]

City Moving Forward on Economic Development Areas

It appears as though the city will soon hire a replacement for Shawna Hodge, the former Main Street Coordinator who resigned earlier this spring. That position has undergone some changes in responsibilities and City Administrator John Sutherland told the council this past Monday, December 14th, that a verbal agreement is being reached with the new […]

Work Underway on Granada Safe Routes Project

  Excavation work began on November 6 in Granada for the CDOT Safe Routes to School project.  Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, provided a progress report to the Trustees during their monthly meeting on November 11th.   Work on curbs and gutters is expected to begin the latter part of the week and warm weather will […]

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, […]

Sediment in Water Shuts off Holly Well

The south well used by the Town of Holly has been shut down due to sediment found in the water. The east well is supplying the town’s needs at this time, with the north well water supply as a backup. Jerry L’Estrange, Holly Town Administrator, told the Trustees, there’s no bacterial content in the south […]

Pocket Park Plans Begin with Funding

The Lamar City Council is reviewing a multi-page concept for the Pocket Park proposal. The former parking lot between Daylight Donut and Shore Arts Center, has been closed to cars for the past year, but open to a number of community oriented activities. The most recent was the early September Fall Festival which featured BBQ, […]

Hickenlooper Community Forum Covers Rural Business Growth, Health, Marijuana

Governor Hickenlooper, accompanied by several state cabinet members, took questions from the Lamar audience and provided a general overview of Colorado issues during a Town Forum at the Lamar Community Building last Thursday, September 24. “Colorado is ranked as a state in the top-level of several categories across the country,” the governor remarked in his […]

Hodge Departing from Lamar’s URA and Main Street Program

Shawna Hodge has submitted her resignation as Lamar’s Main Street Community Coordinator, effective September 30. In her letter, submitted to the City of Lamar on Tuesday September 8, Hodge said she will relocate to the Denver area to pursue a career in similar fields. Hodge is also the Executive Director of Lamar Partnership Incorporated and […]

Lamar Council Prepares for Higher Internet Security for City Operations

  Given the number of computer hacking incidents across the nation, the city’s insurer, CIRSA, has recommended that the city conduct a penetration audit to help with loss prevention and possibly lower CIRSA premiums. Thomas Sanchez, the city’s IT Director, explained that several security upgrades were considered as recommended by CIRSA. An audit of the […]

New Downtown Beautification Programs Approved for Lamar

The Lamar Redevelopment Authority approved $27,000 in Authority funds to purchase and install new concrete flowerboxes for the east and west sides of Main Street in Lamar, from Beech Street to Elm Street.  Shawna Hodge, Community Development and Urban Renewal Manager, told the Authority that the new boxes will blend with the existing architectural features […]

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 […]

PCDI Board Appoints Cindy Otto, Reduces Sale Price of Big R Warehouse

Cindy Otto of Granada was unanimously voted as a replacement director by the Prowers County Development Incorporated board during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.  Otto is replacing another Granada resident, Deb Choat, who resigned this past spring due to various professional scheduling conflicts.  Otto will assume Choat’s seat for the duration of her term.   The board also […]

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 […]

Chip Seal Project Set for Several Holly Streets

The Holly Trustees held a brief monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 3, approving an engineering services contract with Atencio Engineering for a feasibility study for two railroad water line crossings and a boring on Highway 50 in town.  This is a preliminary segment needed for the $20,000 REDI Grant project for the community.  Interim Administrator, […]

Gov. Hickenlooper names Irv Halter as Executive Director of Department of Local Affairs

  DENVER — Tuesday, April 28, 2015— Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Irving “Irv” Halter, Jr., will be the executive director of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) effective May 1, 2015. “Irv Halter has a distinguished career in the public and private sector. His vast experience and passion for good government will greatly benefit […]