Diamond Drive on council's map

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By The Staff

Los Alamos County Council will discuss the Diamond Drive Project Tuesday, which many say has inconvenienced motorists and retailers.

Because of short notice, only a limited amount of information was available, but one item staff promised to prepare before the meeting was a chronology of traffic control actions at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Arkansas. Also, in the staff report was a note that some key staff members would not be able to attend because they were in training out of state.

Should the council take any action, the report advised, it might result in additional unplanned cost to the project.

County Attorney Mary McInerny will brief the council on the recently signed understanding with the District Attorney’s Office to provide representation from his office at least one day a week in exchange for office arrangements provided by the county.

An ordinance for adopting an economic development loan supporting WorldScape Entertainment, LLC, will be considered for $1,490,500. WorldScape has proposed developing an immersive theater and other facilities for production and post-production related to three-dimensional media. The Loan Advisory Committee recommended certain provisions for the transaction, including a demonstration by the company that it had secured an additional $4.5 million in investment. If the project is funded, staff noted, no additional loans could be made until 2010, assuming there were funds at that time.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Skate Park site plan, with specific conditions related to hours of operation, landscaping, lighting, infrastructure, amenities, posted rules and regulations, and fencing. Council will consider approving the final design documents for the park.

Council will hold separate public hearings on adopting and setting a tax election about a County Regional Gross Receipts Tax increase of 1/8 percent. An identical measure will have to be approved by the voters in the four-county region, including counties, cities and pueblos in order for the tax increase to go into effect in support of public transit.

The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, in the Community Building at 475 20th St. The meeting will be televised on PAC-8 and also streamed via the Internet.