Skate Park commentary wrong

-A A +A
By Patricia Max

Dear Editor,

Whoever wrote the editorial “Our View: Skate park mess gets worse” did not read the county ordinances. Nothing in the ordinances allows the council to excuse itself and appoint an “impartial hearing officer or body.” We are a county of laws that all, including the council, must follow. The ordinance defining council’s hearing the appeal is very specific. It does not direct council “to pass judgment on itself.” It directs council to decide if P&Z’s decision to approve the site plan based upon certain criteria was done correctly.

Council had to make its decision based upon the P&Z record. In any legal appeal new evidence may not be introduced. The appellants attempted to introduce new evidence and attempted to imply that P&Z could not do its jobs correctly because it did not have copies of all the plans in front of them and instead asked questions of the county staff. The implication was that county staff was not answering P&Z’s questions truthfully. The specious argument about the size of the skate park was an attempt to muddy the waters.

Is it 4000 square feet or is it 0.4 acres? What the appellants seemed to say was this was an attempt to mislead, not inform. They attempted to equate the size of the skating area and the size of the entire park.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday