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CIP hearings to begin Wednesday

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By Special to the Monitor

The county’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold the first of seven public hearings on Phase 1 applications beginning at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers. Applications on the agenda include:
• Ashley Pond Improvements - Proposal to study potential Improvements to ADA accessibility, pond bulkhead, pathway around pond, water quality and circulation, signage, lighting, concert venue, landscape buffers, riparian planting and other features.
• Community Building – Proposal to study potential future use of the Community Building.
• Anaerobic Digestion of Horse Manure – Proposal to study various known approaches of producing methane (natural gas) and pathogen/seed free fertilizer, both liquid and solid, from the tons of horse manure produced at the North Mesa Stables area each year.
The end result will be the recommendation to purchase equipment to implement a methane/fertilizer production unit, which will produce salable methane and/or electricity                   and fertilizer.
Each applicant will give a brief presentation on their project, followed by questions from the Committee and then the floor will be open for public comment. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and give the committee their feedback for or against any project being proposed.
Those unable to attend the Wednesday meeting may e-mail comments for the committee to Gary Leikness in the Community Development Department at gary.leikness@lacnm.us before the meeting.
After all public hearings are completed, the Committee will score and rank all applications. Recommendations are issued in a final report that is sent to the County Administrator at the end of November, and then the Administrator forwards any additional comments or recommendations to Council for their consideration and possible funding for Phase 1 studies to begin. The Council meeting to consider the applications will occur at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in Council Chambers. For more information, visit www.losalamosnm.us. The applications are also available at either public library or the 311 Customer Care Center.