Public hearing reviews three more proposals

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By Kirsten Laskey

Residents filled the seats and it became standing room only in the council chambers for Monday’s Capital Improvement Project (CIP) public hearing. In a show of force, teens were clad in neon colored T-shirts and environmentalists sported butterfly buttons as they pled their cases to the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee.
The committee heard presentations for a teen center, a new building for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and improvements to the Oppenheimer/Central Avenue intersection. All three proposals are applying for phase one funding, which is the study phase.
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is sponsoring the teen center proposal. JJAB Chair Alan Kirk told the committee that an issue that is often discussed is why Los Alamos doesn’t have a facility for its youth.
Los Alamos High School senior Brandt Hodgson said the only places open after 9 p.m. are Smith’s and Sonic, “which are not exactly ideal places to study or hang out with friends.”
Teenager Jacob Hill said that the members of the committee have done great things and now it is his generation’s turn and he asked the committee to give him and his peers the opportunity to shine.

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