Council: Skate park appeal on agenda

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By The Staff

The appeal of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of the site plan for the Skate Park to be placed in front of the Mesa Public Library has been scheduled.

It will be held during Tuesday’s county council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers (Community Building, 475 20th St.)

The meeting will be televised live on PAC 8, as well as Internet streaming at www.losalamos.com/pac8. The council’s agenda will be posted on the county’s website, hard copies are available at the public libraries and Customer Care Center.

Council voted 5-2 on May 20 to proceed with construction of the skate park at the library site, but the project was placed on hold after the County’s Community Development Department received the appeal shortly thereafter.

Additional information about the skate park is available on the County’s “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Items under the consent agenda include establishing a $1,768,908 project budget for the Central Avenue Streetscape Project; commissioning services associated with the Airport Basin Site Project and authorize the county administrator to procure these services.

Council will decide approval of a services agreement with the Farnsworth Group for $168,000 for services associated with the Judicial/Police-Jail Project.

Council also is scheduled to select community members for the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Steering Committee.

Council also is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to discuss the West Jemez Bypass options and options for the construction of a new municipal building.

The meetings are open to the public.

The County Council also will hold a special session Thursday at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers regarding two topics of interest to the public.

The first agenda item will be a discussion of two options being considered for siting a new Municipal Building.

One option is to have the County construct a new building at Ashley Pond Park, on the site where the demolition of the former municipal building is underway. The other option is to co-locate the new building with other retail or office buildings in a downtown redevelopment project at 15th and Trinity that is being proposed by private developer DePonte Investments.

No decision will be made at this meeting. This will be the first of four meetings about siting the new Municipal Building. The County will begin collecting public input following the meeting and there will be a variety of ways to view information about the two options and then give feedback before any final decision is made.

More information is posted in an advertisement in today’s Monitor, and is available at www.losalamosnm.us under the projects page: “New Municipal Building.”

The second agenda item that will be discussed on Thursday evening involves options for building the West Jemez Bypass.

Currently the plan is to build the bypass just north of the Los Alamos  Research Park. The Council asked staff to consider different road alignments after receiving public feedback a few months ago. The staff was also asked to compare bypass options with upgrading West Road in Los Alamos Canyon to be used as the bypass. DOE/NNSA staff will attend this meeting on Thursday.

They will have a brief presentation about their portion of the project, the Security Perimeter Project, and answer questions that have arisen since its construction was completed last year. Thursday’s meeting will fulfill the requirements of the settlement agreement between the County and DOE/NNSA for the Security Perimeter Project; that agreement was negotiated two years ago and contained a provision for two public meetings to be hosted jointly by the Council and DOE/NNSA. This will be the second public meeting.

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting will be available to download on Monday on the County’s website. Hard copies will be available at the 311 Customer Care Center in the Annex, or at the two public libraries. The meeting will be broadcast live on PAC 8 and available through internet streaming at www.losalamos.com/pac8