County fails to support local businesses

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos County council certainly talks-the-talk when it comes to supporting local businesses, but they and the county departments fail to walk-the-walk. In at least two current situations, Pet Pangaea and KRSN 1490 radio, this lack of support borders on active obstructiveness.

Pet Pangaea has served an enthusiastic base of local customers for several years. The business, however, has met with continuous roadblocks to its quest for expansion, the latest of which is sublimely ridiculous. Pet Pangaea needs to replace the HVAC system for their expansion space at Central Park Square. Apparently, this is a case of the straw that breaks the camel’s back, since the county has decided that the current electrical transformer is not adequate and that Pet Pangaea must pay to have the transformer upgraded.

How many different ways can this be wrong? For one thing, if the load on the current transformer is so precariously close to exceeding its limit, it needs to be replaced as county infrastructure. The Department of Public Utilities is already replacing electric switchgear (at $1.2 million) to support the downtown development, why not the transformer?

And what about the load from the new municipal building?

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