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The county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to continue discussions and make recommendations for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1 (Study) to Phase 2 (Construction).
The County is considering Phase 2 applications for these 4 projects:
• White Rock Visitor’s Center & RV Parking
• North Mesa Ball Field Lights
• Golf Course Community Building
• County Records/Historical Archives
At a public hearing on April 14, each applicant presented their Phase 2 applications to the committee, along with a summary update of their Phase 1 completed activities. The committee then had the opportunity to ask questions. After that, the floor was opened to public comment for those individuals wishing to speak in support or opposition of the project. The committee must decide — based upon the written and presented applications and public comments — whether they believe the proposed project is ready to move to Phase 2. The committee has four options: they could recommend that the application move forward to council for further consideration and funding with no additional comments; they could send it forward to council with recommended actions or comments; they could send it back to the applicant for further work or study; or, they could terminate the application process.
The Phase 2 project applications are available to download on the county’s Web site at www.losalamos
The Web site also contains background information about the CIP process and the process that was used last year (which was the process that moved the above projects into Phase 1 status). Additional information for the Archives and the Golf Course Community Building was added this last week, regarding impacts to operating budgets that might occur if the project were to be funded. This information had been omitted from the previous applications and the committee had asked on April 14 that it be furnished. The new applications with this data were reposted to the Web site. Individuals can still download any application or the minutes of the meetings that were held last year by the committee as background information on any of the above projects. The agenda for the Thursday meeting will be posted on the Web site today.
In related news, the County has announced that they will open a new Phase 1 CIP cycle on May 24. Phase 1 applications can be submitted by any citizen or staff member at that time. The cycle will close on Aug. 23. An informational meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 19 in Council Chambers. Residents or county staff with ideas for projects who might consider submitting a Phase 1 application are encouraged to attend.
The committee will be available in this informal session to visit with them about their ideas and the application process.
In addition, the county has set a public hearing for the committee to consider two Phase 2 applications for the White Rock SR 4 Alignment and the White Rock Arroyo Trail.
The hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. May 27 in Council Chambers.
Community Development Director Rick Bohn is still seeking citizen representatives to serve on the committee. At least three citizens will be needed to join county staff in evaluating Phase 1 applications.
The estimated number of hours a citizen will spend across four weeks in August is approximately 40-50 hours. Citizens will be asked to attend planning meetings with county staff, must attend all public hearings (held after 5 p.m.) and will spend time outside of meetings to review, rate, and score the applications.
Contact Rick Bohn, CDD Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-8120 if interested.
No date has been set yet for the council to consider the Phase 2 CIP applications, but it is expected to occur at a meeting in June.
Updates and minutes of the April 14 and May 6 committee meetings will be posted on the CIP project Web site.