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Izraelevitz provides update on state of county

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By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos County Chairman David Izraelevitz delivered the county’s yearly review Wednesday to seniors at a lunch at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Izraelevitz talked about county’s efforts to open up 20th Street to economic development, new art installations at the Los Alamos County Golf Course building and other projects.

The audience was quiet and attentive, but when it came to his talk about the renovation of the White Rock Senior Center, the seniors clapped and cheered.

“We can now serve meals at the White Rock Center, we can now do meals on wheels… we are very happy that that’s available,” Izraelevitz said.

Izraelevitz also talked about future projects, such as extra restrooms for women at the county’s ice skating rink, a splash pad at Piñon Park in White Rock and a new irrigation system for the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

The seniors were interested in the last project Izraelevitz mentioned, a multigenerational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

“It will have a zero-entry, where you will be able to just walk your way in.” Izraelevitz said. “That will be nice for young children or people who may not be able to go up and down the steps to get into the therapy pool or the large pool.”

One woman had a question about a company that wanted to move her water meter and a county easement that was in her backyard.

Another person wanted to know if they qualified for any of the county’s housing rehabilitation programs, since they were on fixed incomes.

Artist Richard Swenson was recognized by Izraelevitz at the event.

“It’s deserving, but I also appreciate the opportunity to display my art in the community,” Swenson said.

Swenson makes sculptures out of random parts, crafting them into animals and other whimsical figures.