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Finding a public record should be quite easy, assuming they are neatly organized and easily accessible. That however, is not the case for the County of Los Alamos.
Thousands of boxes stacked on top of each other fill the county’s annex warehouse. Inside, records dating back to the 1940s lay there, collecting dust. In addition, about one-third of those records have been recognized as past retention.
Records Administrator Barb Ricci, along with Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan spoke to council on Tuesday night about the need to find an appropriate location to house the county records center. They also stressed the need for hiring staff to conduct the initial analysis and physical movement of the county’s records. In addition, a motion presented to council asked for a budget increase in the amount of $99,000 to cover the additional expenses involved in hiring suitable staff and obtaining the necessary supplies.
Ricci gave councilors a PowerPoint presentation, which included photos of the records storage area that showed boxes clearly piled high, while drawings and maps were rolled up and stored on top of file cabinets. One photo showed a shopping cart full of boxed up records.
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