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Council schedules a triple dip

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By The Staff

There will be three council-related meetings during the first week of March.

Monday - Charter Review Committee

At 5:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall, the Charter Review Committee will make up for a Feb. 22 meeting that was canceled due to a snowstorm. Participants at the meeting will discuss a report prepared by the Issues Identification Subcommittee. The plan for Monday’s meeting includes appointing individual analysis subcommittees to explore 3-5 key issues that will be selected from the discussions so far.

Three issues were given a “high” rating roughly based on references in public comments. These were: “Poor communication by Los Alamos County,” “Public should have more control over council decisions,” and “Irresponsible spending.”

Tuesday – County Council

At a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Community Building, the council agenda includes the following items:

An ordinance raising the potable retail water rate charge, with the effect of increasing the average 6,000 gallon water bill by $1.86;

A resolution approving participation in a regional broadband project;

A resolution approving a county employee compensation plan based on a market study by Fox Lawson and Associates;

A $6.36 million

contract for Phase 4 of the Diamond Drive Project with AS Horner; and a community wildfire protection plan and a cooperative agreement with the Forest Service for fuel mitigation work.

Thursday – Valles Caldera National Preserve listening session

Should the Valles Caldera National Preserve become a National Park Service Preserve? Should the current independent governing board of the VCNP be strengthened or dissolved?

From 5:30-7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge, the County Council will hold two listening sessions on recommendations to the Congressional delegation about the Valles Caldera National Preserve. (A second meeting will follow from 5:30-7 p.m. March 9 at the White Rock Town Hall.)

These meetings will feature presentations by the National Park Service, Valles Caldera Trust and Caldera Action, followed by public comment.

Those interested in the Valles Caldera are encouraged to read the reports and responses that have been issued by the participating parties. Updates and links to these documents can be found on the County Web site at www.losalamosnm.us.

Written comments may be submitted at the meeting or by e-mail to Kelly.stewart@lacnm.us or by mail to Kelly Stewart, Los Alamos County, 133 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  The comment period ends on Sunday, March 16, 2010.