Preliminary CIP scores available

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By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos residents who submitted applications for Capital Improvement Projects can now find out exactly how their applications rated.


The Capital Improvement Projects Committee met Thursday during a public meeting in council chambers in order to score all 23 of the applications that were submitted.


Community Development Director Rick Bohn said that there was some debate amongst the committee members on how exactly they would handle the scoring process.


“The first idea was that we’d go through everyone’s scoring on each criteria. But Julie (Habiger) said ‘there’s nine criteria and 23 applications; it’ll take us 10 hours. If we take two or three minutes on each criteria, we’ll be there for days,’” Bohn said.


After further discussion on how to proceed, the committee decided to make assignments for each committee member, he said.


They had each person go through one criteria and they sent the ratings to Chief Financial Officer, Steven Lynne, who put them all on a spreadsheet so that the public could see what the committee was doing as they went through the scoring process.


Bohn said that during Thursday night’s meeting, the criteria were broadcast to the public in attendance, via a screen in council chambers.


Once up on the screen, the committee went through the application’s criteria and then explained what their theories were for rating it the way they did.


“We did pretty good,” Bohn said, “we got through what could have been a contentious controversial process.” He also said that during the public hearings leading up to the scoring process, the CIP committee heard approximately 12 hours of public testimony.


The nine criteria that the applications were scored on are as follows:


• Health, safety, legal mandate


• Promotes county’s goals


• Impact on operating budget


• Government efficiency/control costs


• Public use and benefit


• Public support


• Stimulates private investment


• Non-CIP funds


• Special circumstances


The scoring on each criterion was done on a 1-4 rating scale, with one being the lowest and four being the highest. Once the criterion was scored, the numbers were added and a final score was assigned to each application.


The applications, ranking highest to lowest, are as follows:


• White Rock Rt. 4 improvements/alignment study


• Los Alamos Apartments demolition


• Canyon Rim Trail (Phase 1)


• Canyon Rim Trail (Phase 2)


• Golf Course building and cart barn


• White Rock Arroyo Trail


• Central Avenue/NM 502 intersection


• White Rock visitors Center and RV Park


• Demolition of White Rock Fire Station 3


• Arts Center — Building safety improvements


• Aquatic Center leisure pool


• White Rock gateway structure


• North Mesa ball field lights replacement


• Demolition of two houses at 35th and Trinity


• County Historical Archives and Records facility


• Airport fencing


• Ashley Pond Park Pavilion


• SW Reading and Research Room — Mesa Public Library


• Hose stables – Covered arena


• Deacon Street improvements


• Senior Center — 2nd story addition


• Bathtub Row traffic management


• Tennis facilities improvements


Bohn pointed out that these are just preliminary scores and wanted to make clear that there is still time to confirm the scores or make changes, as the final rating meeting will be held Monday night.


“We thought it was a good idea, in case people had second thoughts or they missed something. We’ll bring back the preliminary ratings and give the committee an opportunity to make comments.”


Though ranking the applications may seem like the be all end all of the process, that is not the case. The CIP committee also does some investigation and talks about the actual applications.


“It’s not just the rankings that are important, it’s the comments and suggestions that we could bring to the process,” Bohn said.


Other items that must also be considered during the ranking process are range, cost and staff time involved for the proposed projects. “There may be a lot of good applications that scored high, but even if we could afford them, do we have the staff time to start on all these at once?” Bohn pointed out.


Though much attention has been given to the scoring and application process, there are actually 7 phases to the CIP process. “Everyone’s concentrating on phase 1 and 2 applications. As the projects move ahead, we’ll look at every single phase and give our advice on them,” Bohn said.


The final scoring of the applications will be done Monday at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. Public comment will be accepted at the end of the meeting. The CIP applications preliminary scoring card is posted on the county’s Web site at www.losalamosnm.us.