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CIP Phase I public meetings to begin in October

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By Special to the Monitor

The County’s Community Development Department has scheduled seven Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) public hearings for Phase 1 “studies” in October and November.
The 10-member CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hear brief presentations from each applicant, have the opportunity to ask questions, and then receive public comments on each application. The public is encouraged to attend.
All meetings will be from 5:15 – 7:45 p.m. in council chambers in Los Alamos, unless otherwise noted.
Oct. 6
1. Ashley Pond Improvements – Study potential Improvements to ADA accessibility, pond bulkhead, pathway around pond, water quality and circulation, signage, lighting, concert venue, landscape buffers, riparian planting, etc.
2. Community Building –  Study potential future use of the Community Building, particularly with respect to 2013 when the new Municipal Building is constructed and county functions such as council chambers vacate the building.
3. Anaerobic Digestion of Horse Manure – 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 would be the recommendation to purchase the necessary equipment to implement a methane/fertilizer production unit which will produce salable methane and/or electricity, and fertilizer.
Oct. 12
1. Ice Rink Cover – Study to provide a cover for the county ice rink.
2. Signage-Arts and Cultural District – Study of existing signage within the Arts and Cultural District (ACD) and propose improvements to create a common look and feel, and to allow visitors to more easily locate attractions within the ACD.
Oct. 13
1. White Rock Civic Complex in White Rock Town Hall – 7-8 p.m. Study for siting, design and construction of a new White Rock Library, Senior Center, Youth Center                                                  and Town Hall.
Oct. 21
1. Ice Rink Bathroom and Locker Rooms - Study for construction of new locker rooms, ADA/family style bathrooms and a storage area at the county ice rink.
2. Ice Rink Lift Station – Study improvements to the county ice rink, including a holding tank and installation of a lift station and connection to the county sewer lines.
3. Ice Rink Parking Lot Improvements – Study installation of an additional parking lot, lights and a sidewalk to the east of the current parking lot, at the county ice rink.
Nov. 3
1. Golf Course Improvements – Study improvements to the County Golf Course, including a new irrigation system and course improvements (greens, bunkers, tees, fairways, paths, etc.)
2. Tennis Complex – Study the construction of a “tennis complex” at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Project would include 10 tennis courts, including four covered courts, new parking lot, and a support building with rest rooms, meeting room, office, etc.
3. Ponderosa Estates Pocket Park – Study the addition of a new park located near the Ponderosa Estates Subdivision, with potential uses and equipment including swings, a climbing structure, paved unlighted multi-use court, picnic tables, and flat, grassy open space.
Nov. 8
1. Multi-purpose Teen Facility – Study the construction of a new 17,000-25,000 square foot building to be used as a multi-purpose teen facility. The center is intended to “provide a safe, supervised facility for teens to gather, recreate, socialize, study in groups and participate in healthy activities relevant to teens.
2. PEEC Center – Study to purchase the existing building, or, construct a new building, to provide a nature center for the county. As the applicant, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center would like to continue to provide “a nature center and outdoor education programs that allow people of all ages to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Pajarito Plateau and to appreciate our connection to the natural world.”
3. Oppenheimer/Central Street Improvements – Study potential improvements on Oppenheimer Drive and Central Avenue and surrounding areas.
Nov. 15
1. Water Harvesting- Aquatic Center Roof – Study the construction of rainwater collection apparatus at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center on the northeast side. The rainwater would be stored in holding tanks and discharged as needed to irrigate landscaping. Collection would mitigate erosion of sediment released into Acid Canyon.
From 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 all applications will be scored and ranked. This will be an additional opportunity for public comment.
On Nov. 30, the Committee will convene again at 5:30 p.m. to release a final report and receive any final public comment before the report is forwarded to the county administrator who will review the report  and make final recommendations to the county council.
The council is expected to consider the recommendations at their Dec. 21 meeting.
All CIP applications are available on line at www.losalamosnm.us, at the 311 Customer Care Center or either library.
Anyone unable to attend the meetings can e-mail comments to Gary Leikness in the Community Development Department at gary.leikness@lacnm.us, mail them to Leikness, CDD, 195 East Road (Suite 104) or, drop them off at the 311 Customer Care Center at 150 Central Park Square.