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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 […]

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 […]

Lamar Council Okays Levee Study Funding

The City of Lamar is following through with Willow Creek Levee improvements as required by FEMA.  Mapping the nation’s levee systems was mandated several years ago by the federal agency as a means of providing timely information for adequate insurance coverage within a community’s flood plain which would be impacted by a 100 year flood.  […]

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 […]

Flood Recovery Jobs Program Received Federal Grant

(DENVER) — The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced today that it has received a $4.6 million National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to launch a Flood Recovery Jobs Program. The program will hire about 230 temporary workers to address clean up and recovery issues across Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, […]

Gov. Hickenlooper Announces All Damaged Highways Will Reopen Before Thanksgiving

DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 — With this week’s opening of U.S. 34 and next week’s planned opening of State Highway 7, all highways damaged by the September flooding will reopen days ahead of the Dec. 1 goal. “The united effort of the Colorado Department of Transportation and its road repair partners has been […]

Gov Adds Prowers, Otero and Crowley Counties for Disaster Emergency

  Gov. Hickenlooper Declares Disaster Emergency for Additional Eight Colorado Counties DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order to declare a disaster emergency due to the flooding for an additional eight counties: Chaffee, Crowley, Gilpin, Lake, Lincoln, Otero, Park and Prowers. There are now a total of 24 […]

Granada Trustees Cover Levees, Safe Sidewalks Project and Street Survey

  The Granada Town Trustees were informed that repairs to the town’s dike system for certification may be on hold for a while.  Trustee Jerene DeBono said she was informed by Thuy Patton, Flood Mapping Coordinator for the Colorado Water Conservancy Board, that some communities are having difficulty finding funding for the needed upgrades.  “They’re […]

Chip Seal Work on Holly Streets to Begin this Month

   The Holly Town Trustees received word of a setback in their long range efforts to secure certification for FEMA approved flood plain zoning and insurance certification in their community, based on improvements to the town’s levee system.  City Administrator, Marsha Willhite, explained during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, June 5, that a study showed a […]

Holly Trustees Replace Old Bucket Truck, Nix Golf Carts on Streets

The Holly Board of Trustees approved replacing the aging city bucket truck with a used 2001 model from Lamar Light and Power for $4,500.  The current 1990 Ford F350 has a 1989 Versalift device which is aging and has a safety issue with the position of the controls relative to the operator.  The 2001 model […]

Efforts Continue to Improve Granada Landfill.

  The Granada Trustees discussed the improvements made to the town landfill and the tasks that remain before them to bring the landfill into compliance with state regulations.  The Trustees were notified on January 4, 2013 that the Colorado Department of Health and Environment cited the town for 17 deficiencies discovered at the landfill during […]

County Commissioners Approve Variety of Funding Grants

Darren Glover, PATS Operations Director, provided the Prowers County Commissioners with ridership numbers and finances for the county transit service during their meeting, Thursday, November 15.  Glover also discussed the 2013 CDOT Transit grant which provides PATS with some of their administrative and operating funding each year, totaling $315,000.  The local share of the funding […]

Commissioners Hold Public Hearing on Regional Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan

The Prowers County Commissioners formally appointed Justin Lee as the Prowers County Public Health and Environment Director during their regular meeting, Thursday, November 8.   Lee and R.N. Suzette Hall presented the annual contract for the federally funded Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.  The funding, $42,542, pays for in-home visits to new mothers […]

Holly Trustees Okay Loader Lease, Review Shooting Range Grant

Members of the Holly Trustees board expressed their appreciation at the voter turnout during the general election that favored the city’s 2% sale tax increase.  The vote was 155 in favor to 116 opposed.  Out of 300 registered voters, the turnout was 90% in the Holly community.  Town administrator, Marsha Willhite, informed board members that […]

Congressman Gardner Meets with Lamar Council

  Touching upon such subjects as Wind Production Tax Credit, the Arkansas Valley Conduit, agricultural growth in Colorado, the national budget and EPA restrictions, U.S. Fourth Congressional District Congressman, Cory Gardner, met with the Lamar City Council and department heads this past Friday, October 5.   Gardner was touring a portion of his district in southeast […]

Light Plant and City Budget Public Hearings Set for October 8

The Lamar City Council has a brief agenda set for this evening’s meeting, Monday, October 8, following their 6pm work session.  The work session will review the city’s personnel management manual.  Agenda items include a public hearing regarding the council’s review of the 2013 operating and capital budget.  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh will […]

Holly Trustees Hire Two Employees, Plan for Parking Ordinance Discussion

  Two new employees were added to the Holly Town roster recently.  Keith Dennis was hired after a series of candidate application interviews, as full time Field Services Supervisor and provided the board with a run down of crew services in Holly for August.  Town Administrator, Marsha Willhite, also introduced Claudia Parker who was hired […]

Search Narrowing for Lamar City Administrator

The City of Lamar received 19 applications for the position of city administrator by the June 1 deadline, according to interim administrator Steve Rabe.  He informed the council during their meeting, Monday, June 11, that the list has been narrowed to seven semi-finalists who participated in phone interviews.  Rabe said the council will receive a […]

Prowers County Commissioners Review Annexation Regulations, Levee Upgrade Plans for County

  The Prowers County Commissioners discussed several topics with Mary Root, County Land Use Administrator during their Thursday meeting, March 22.  A flood map is being completed for officials in compliance with mandated upgrades to the levee system throughout the country, mandated by FEMA and officials from the National Insurance Commission.  Root said that Granada […]

Deb Choat New Granada Town Trustee

Deb Choat was sworn in as a new Granada Town Board Trustee during the monthly meeting, Wednesday, January 11. Mayor Lesli Baca said there will be four board positions open this spring, as well as for mayor. Those members whose terms are expiring are Tom Grasmick, Martin Jensen, Shannon Venturi and Deb Choat who is […]