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Lamar Raw Water Transmission Line Completed

“What we’ve done with this project is basically replace what had become a six mile long soaker hose,” said Lamar Mayor Roger Stagner this past Friday at a ribbon cutting ceremony held to observe one of the final improvements to the city’s water infrastructure system. Gary Berngard, the Honeywell Program Manager who has overseen several […]

PMC Prepares for Pink Events for October & Site Expansion Plans

Prowers Medical Center board members are moving forward with building site plans to upgrade various hospital facilities for patients and employees.  The board is researching their best options for securing bonds to finance the overall construction project, estimated at up to $10 million.   The PMC Foundation will also take an active role in securing funding. A […]

City Council Approves Amended Weed Ordinance

The City of Lamar’s agreement with Honeywell Building Solutions for energy and utility upgrades in municipal buildings is ending as work on the contract is being finalized. $288,973 in contingency funds was included in the contract and $67,015 was spent on some contingencies leaving a balance of $228,043. Other work termed ‘change orders’ was performed […]

PMC Foundation Receiving Grant Funding

Mike Bryant, Prowers Medical Center Foundation Director shared some good news with the PMC board during their August meeting.  A $260,189 grant has been awarded to the PMC Clinic for care of indigent patients.  That was coupled with the news that Prowers Medical Center had been awarded a Colorado DOLA grant for $350,000 to help […]

Public Hearing on North Gateway Park Annexation Scheduled by City Council

   The annexation of the Valco Pond area, or North Gateway Park into the City of Lamar, was discussed by the council and City Administrator, John Sutherland.  A petition of annexation of the 108.13 acres will be reviewed during a public hearing set for Monday, October 14.  The city was deeded the property by Valco […]

Lamar Council Begins Budget Work, Delays Airport Upgrades

  Summertime means the Lamar City Council starts picking dates for budget deadlines.  A work session focusing on general guidance for the 2014 budget was held Monday, July 8.  Topics of discussion included: Revenue Projections, Taxation, Capital Investment, Performance based Salary Increases, Contingency Set-Aside and other Funding Priorities.  City Clerk, Linda Williams, recapped the May […]

We Use How Much Water Each Day!!

  The City of Lamar is in Stage 2 Water Restrictions as of May 14 because of drought conditions in the city and throughout the southeast corner of the state.  Residents to the east and west of Highway 287 have three separate days a week in which to water their yards in two time periods.  […]

Down with the Old, Up with the New

  Zone dampers, or air conditioning units were hoisted into place atop the Lamar Community Building this past Wednesday, April 24.  According to a construction update provided to the City of Lamar by Honeywell Building Solutions, all the roof top units will be in place before graduation ceremonies are held.  Matt Neuhold, Recreation Coordinator, said […]

Lamar City Council Enacts Water Restrictions

Acting on a recommendation from the Lamar Water Board, the city council voted in favor of implementing Stage 1 Mandatory Water Restrictions, effective Thursday, May 2.  The decision was based on current drought conditions and lack of ditch water, although the city’s well system is in good shape and has adequate supplies.  The restrictions state […]

Water Restrictions Discussed/Carnival Coming to Lamar for State High School Rodeo

Events are moving forward to host a full-scale carnival in Lamar during the Colorado State High School Rodeo finals, June 5-9, but it won’t be at Willow Creek Park. If all goes as planned, a carnival will be set up at the Prowers County Fairgrounds, corresponding with the scheduled rodeo, in town for the annual contest. […]

PMC Prepares for ACA in 2014

John Leavitt, President of The Colorado Network, a health care firm representing rural hospitals in western and southern Colorado, presented the Prowers Medical Center board of directors with an overview of the impact the approaching HealthCare reforms will have on rural hospitals.  Leavitt said the emphasis on the new medical directives will center on areas […]

City Council to Discuss Water Upgrades and Health Improvement Issues

The Lamar City Council will hear a presentation from Emily Nieschburg of LiveWell this Monday evening on the Health Place Grant. The city could realize up to $1M in grant funding depending on the health needs of the community, as compliled through earlier community assessment meetings. Nieschburg will outline the scheduled April visit by representatives […]

Light Plant Parts Arriving in Spring

  The Lamar Repowering Project may not refire its boilers for new emissions tests until this July, according to Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh.  Hourieh informed Utility Board members that a deal to purchase two 600HP air compressors was finalized by the boiler manufacturers on January 18.  Babcock and Wilcox will use the new equipment […]

Lamar Council Discusses Weather, Water and Radar

The Lamar City Council had only a few board or committee appointments to approve on their Monday night meeting agenda, on January 28.  The Pension Board approved the re-appointment of William Emick for a term ending December 31, 2016; Ms Kaye Hainer was re-appointed to a five year term on the Library Advisory Board, expiring, […]

PMC Begins HVAC/Electric Upgrade Program

The Prowers Medical Center $5M expansion proposal was defeated last May by area voters. Part of the package included upgrades to the hospital’s HVAC (heating-venting-air conditioning)and electrical system, approximately $1million. Despite the lack of needed votes for the bond, the need for the upgrades remains. The PMC board of directors is following examples set by […]

City OKs 2013 Budget & Increased Municipal Fees

The 2013 budget for the City of Lamar was officially adopted at Monday night’s council meeting, as council members passed the ordinance on second reading, as well as the ordinance pertaining to collection of taxes and the mill levy. Next year’s General Fund is set at $7,015,202, of which sales tax revenue is expected to […]

Lamar City Council Approves 2013 Budget, Moves Forward on Energy Audit on City Buildings

  A meeting of the Lamar Redevelopment Authority preceded the regular Lamar City Council meeting this past Monday evening, November 12.  Business before the Authority was brief, as it pertained to an earlier agreement for the annual rehabilitation reimbursement of American Transit Works Incorporated for $6,846.57.  The ten year agreement calls for $3,500 per year […]

Lamar Council Tours Valco Pond, Financing is Key to Project

Click on a picture to open the slide show. The Lamar City Council toured the Valco Pond properties Monday afternoon, October 22nd, reviewing landscaping work done at the site by the owner, Tom Brubaker, this past spring and summer.  Almost 110 acres of land and three ponds will eventually be deeded to the city to […]

Lamar Administrator Search Down to Final Five

Interim Lamar City Administrator Steven Rabe told the council that five finalists for the permanent city administrator position have been made aware of their status. Seven persons were given phone interviews on June 18 and 19 by Rabe, and based on those interviews, plus additional information on the candidates, five are being forwarded to the […]

Council Investigates Energy Efficiency Plan for Municipal Buildings

  The council approved an agreement for a utility easement for a right of way for water lines which are not located in a public right of way.  The easement agreement from private landowners was needed to build the new line which will provide service to Prowers Medical Center along Kendall Drive.  The installment of […]