Public calls for 'Los Alamos Municipal Building'

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Committee > Votes thumbs down on naming structure for Jeannette Wallace

By Arin McKenna

A committee appointed to hear public opinion about naming the new municipal building for late State Representative Jeannette Wallace voted unanimously against the proposal Monday.

Forty nine residents either commented or supported comments on the county’s Open Forum. County officials also received more than 70 emails, letters and phone calls and approximately 20 citizens attended two public meetings on the question.

“Los Alamos Municipal Building” received overwhelming support.

Los Alamos resident John Bartlit offered a slight variation on that theme.

“I do not support naming the new public building in town for any person. The opportunity should be used instead to honor and publicize the values of democracy that have served our nation so long and well, namely the unique role that active citizenship has in good governance,” Bartlit said.

“I propose the name it the Los Alamos County Community Town Hall, the Los Alamos Town Hall or Town Hall on Central to commemorate a value that began our nation. Municipal building and town hall are historical synonyms.”

At the second public meeting, Bartlit said that several residents had expressed support for that idea. Councilor Fran Berting said she had also heard support for the town hall name.

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