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I and many other Los Alamos residents were very disappointed in our County Council members’ actions at the council meeting in White Rock Tuesday, Aug. 19. Council members, with the exception of Nona Bowman, apparently came to the meeting to discuss a previously announced agenda item with closed minds, having already decided how they would vote. Some even presented statements written prior to hearing the discussion and testimonies that citizens gave.
Why discuss issues when councilors arrogantly decide outcomes before hearing the public? The location of the skate park in front of the library has been a very painful and divisive issue because of the large number of residents who want to preserve the areas close to the historic district as a peaceful green area. These citizens all like children, have raised children, and have supported a multitude of youth and recreational issues in Los Alamos, and are in favor of building a new skate park. The council stated that the location of the skate park is not an important issue. I disagree!
It is important when it illustrates how council members have refused to seek an alternative location that would please everyone. Building a new skate park is not an emergency! The agenda item was well-presented in a logical manner as to how cities usually choose a location for such a park.
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