The Los Alamos County Council voted 5–0 on Tuesday to approve a resolution encouraging congress to create a reliable, predictable stream of resources to address deferred maintenance needs in America’s national park system.
Chair Rick Reiss and Councilor David Izraelevitz were not in attendance. County Administrator Harry Burgess explained the reason for bringing the resolution before council.
“A couple of weeks ago, there was a contingent from the Pew Charitable Trust in town, doing a tour around the nation, informing communities and asking communities about the needs of the National Park Service,” Burgess said. “Part of their discussion was that at present the National Park Service has a list of maintenance deferrals that total almost $12 billion dollars. And the push of their efforts was try to obtain support from communities to write to Congress, let them know of the desire to fund those various maintenance deferred projects, because they do affect the number of visitors that come to town and also the economic impact that the parks have on communities within which they reside.”