Citizens sign petition to tank West Jemez Bypass

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By Jennifer Garcia

County council will have another petition to address during Tuesday night’s meeting to be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Building.

On Jan. 22, 2009 Gregory J. Kendall submitted a petition on behalf of 63 people, requesting that the West Jemez Bypass Road be removed from the Capital Improvement Project list and tabled. According to county documents, the West Jemez Bypass Road has a long and complex background which includes the filing of a lawsuit against NNSA, a settlement of that lawsuit, the design of the Bypass Road which is nearing completion, the granting of partial funding for this project from both the state and federal governments, the study of alternate route alignments, the need to add intersection work on Diamond Drive immediately south of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, necessitated changes to the Research Park Master Plan and the way it fits within the Capital Improvement Plan.

Staff is expecting to set a full discussion on the matter at the March 3 meetings, as the Feb. 24 meeting agenda is already dedicated to public hearings and action items surrounding agreements with the schools on the use of the Airport Basin and related matters.

During the presentations, proclamations and recognitions portion of Tuesday night’s meeting, DOE/NNSA Los Alamos Site Office Manager Don Winchell will give council a briefing on items of interest to council and the community. Following Winchell’s briefing, a presentation will given by Anne Oandasan, NPRPO Transportation Planner, to council describing the services provided by the North Central Economic Development District and the Northern Pueblo Regional Planning Organization.

There are also two items on the consent agenda: Council approval of the purchase and placement of a fountain sculpture; and a resolution authorizing the county to submit an application to the Department of Finance and Administration, Local Government Division, to participate in the Local DWI Grant and Distribution Program.

Two ordinances will also be introduced on the same night. The first is an ordinance authorizing the conveyance in fee to the Los Alamos Public Schools of a portion of a certain real property known as tract WA, located in the 800 and 900 blocks of Trinity Drive. The second ordinance authorizes the execution of a lease agreement for the lease to Los Alamos Public Schools of certain facilities located at the Airport Basin Site.

In addition to the West Jemez Bypass petition, Community Development Director Rick Bohn will give a presentation regarding the proposed changes to the sign code ordinance recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman will also give an update regarding the Diamond Drive Phase 2 status, as well as updates on phases 3 and 4.