Utilities get lion's share

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By Marganne Glasser

Los Alamos County Council tentatively approved the largest portion of its expenditures last night, the 2009 fiscal year budget of $71.9 million for the Utilities Department. An additional $18.2 million was OK’d for the Administrative Services Department, and $9.7 million for the Community Services Department.

Passage of $150,000 for a conceptual design of the golf course building was deferred until after council review of the newly revised Capital Improvements Program process and CIP budget at an additional meeting Monday.

“We have a champion golf course,” said Councilor Jim West, who participated by phone. “Two million dollars was set aside for the clubhouse four years ago. It could be a good tourist draw if we’d get serious about replacing that eyesore,” he added.

“We should invest immediately in doing the conceptual design and getting that project moving,” echoed Councilor Mike Wheeler.

In a letter to the Council read last week, Steve Boerigter, Parks and Recreation Board chairman, said top priorities also include the Canyon Rim Trail, light poles at North Mesa Field and Brewer Arena, parking and restroom upgrades at the ice rink, and replastering the aquatic center pool.

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