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Utility Board Gains New Member

Michael Horning, Lamar businessman, was sworn in as the latest member of the Lamar Utility Board, replacing the vacancy left when Michael Bryant’s term expired. Judge Stanley Brinkley administered his oath of office at the Lamar Light Plant offices on Tuesday afternoon, October 27th.  He will serve a five year term until 2020. Board chairman, […]

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews Insurance Contracts, Board Member Application

Lamar Utilities Board members voted to continue insurance coverage for its 29 mile gas pipeline.  The coverage with IMA Kansas Inc. routinely renews on September 3 and was initiated in 2005.  Other insurance carriers for the city, such as CIRSA or Traveller’s, covers the power plant substations and wind turbines, but not for the pipeline.  […]

Decision Time for Lamar City Council on ARPA

As ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, representatives weigh their options on whether to place the Lamar Repowering Project in cold standby status or decommission the coal plant, the Lamar City Council sought suggestions for their next steps from residents during a public meeting Wednesday, July 2.  The ARPA board will meet to ponder and perhaps […]

PCDI Board Briefed on Repowering Project Options

  The monthly Prowers County Development Incorporated meeting on June 24th was highlighted by guest, ARPA General Manager, Rick Rigel who briefed PCDI board members on a brief history of events relating to present developments for the future of the Lamar Repowering Project. Rigel has met with representatives from several municipal groups, as well as […]

ARPA to Decide on Future of the Lamar Repowering Project

Arkansas River Power Authority General Manager, Rick Rigel, briefed members of the Lamar Utility Board regarding what may become of the Lamar Repowering Project.  There are basically two alternatives to consider.  One would be to place the plant in cold standby until approximately 2024 with no guarantee that it will perform up to expectations at […]

Lamar Utilities Board Notes End of Year Financial Report

   The Lamar Utility Board December 2013 Financial Report indicated that total operating revenues for the year, year to date, are $13,145,197 and total operating costs are $11,431,003.  Gross operating income for the year was $1,714,194.  When the non-operating revenues and expenses are considered, there is a net loss of $19,851, year to date.  Light […]

Lamar Utility Board Holds Brief Meeting

  Just a few agenda items were listed for the Lamar Utility Board’s bi-monthly meeting this past Tuesday, April 15.  Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh noted that All Rite Paving & Redi Mix has begun a second gravel pit west of Hasty at the intersection of CRJJ and CR22 in Bent County.  Hourieh noted the […]

Beware: Telephone Scam on Utility Bills

  Citizens,  In an effort to protect citizens the City of Lamar Police Department and Lamar Light and Power want to inform you of scam information.  A person or company has been calling citizens and businesses to inform them that they needed to pay a light bill over the telephone in order to keep their […]

ARPA Files Suit Against Babcock & Wilcox

On February 28, 2014 the Arkansas River Power Authority filed a lawsuit against Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W) which supplied the coal-fired steam boiler for the Lamar Repowering Project. The boiler was never able to meet its emissions guarantees.   As a result of B&W’s failure to deliver a fully functioning boiler capable […]

We Can’t Continue with These Electric Rates

  Arkansas River Power Authority directors heard from three business owner/operators and a Prowers County Commissioner on how electric rates tied to the Lamar Repowering Project will stifle business growth.  The director’s monthly meeting was held in Springfield this past Thursday, May 30.  The meetings rotate among six ARPA community members.  Jim Miller, owner of […]

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 […]

Lamar Light and Power Testing New LED Streetlights

Some portions of Lamar will appear different under new street lights that are being tested by Lamar Light and Power.  Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, informed utility board members, four light pole locations have had regular wattage lights replaced with LED versions.  The intersections are at Parmenter and 4th Street, Oak Street and Division Street, East […]

No Leeway for Electric Rate Reductions in Near Future

  The Lamar Repowering Project and the debt service needed to pay the construction bonds is here to stay, whether the plant is producing electricity or placed in cold storage.  And if the rates for purchasing power from a grid, as is being done now seem high, the rates would probably be higher if the […]

Utility Board Reviews Customer Rate Classification

  The Lamar Utility Board held a shortened meeting on Tuesday, November 27, due to lack of a quorum as several members were out of town. Without a quorum, no action could be taken on any agenda items, although board members discussed several points of concern. Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh recapped the board’s prior […]

Light Plant Customers Will See Electric Rate Drop in 2013

  Electric rates should be dropping by 7% for Lamar Light and Power customers, based on kilowatt per hour usage.  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh reviewed the new rate schedule in the 2013 budget for Lamar Utility Board members during their Tuesday, November 13 meeting.  A rate increase of 2.5% will be in effect, […]

Holly Trustees Discuss 2013 Budget, Street Lighting and City Improvements

The Town of Holly Trustee’s Board considered the 2013 budget and some infrastructure improvements during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, October 3. Marsha Willhite, Town Administrator said the trustees would receive preliminary budget information by mid month for their consideration. She added that several RFP’s, requests for proposals will be sent out for town improvement projects […]

Holly Town Trustees Approve Theater Improvements

  Kammie Cathcart of the Holly Pride Committee discussed structural improvement plans for the Holly Theater with town trustees during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, August 1.  Cathcart explained that $30,000 will be needed to bolster a supporting wall which separates the theater from Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel on South Main Street.  The wall has been […]

Lamar Utilities Board Holds Special Meeting

Special Meeting – Lamar Utilities Board The Lamar Utilities Board will hold a special meeting with a potential executive session Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:00pm, held at Lamar Light and Power board room located at 100 North Second Street, Lamar CO. The purpose of the meeting is to receive legal advice from counsel. If […]