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TRIS DeROMA/Monitor
Councilor Chris Chandler Tuesday had questions for the Public Works Department and Community Services on each of the projects’ details.
Council approves $6.5 million for pool

The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday approved the use of up to $6.5 million in capital improvement funds to build a multi-generational pool that will be attached to the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

Design for the project is expected to begin in February 2018 and construction may start in February 2019 and continue through January 2020. The heated pool will feature a slide and a lazy river. The dimensions will be about 80 feet by 25 feet. The new building will also feature family changing rooms and other amenities.

Looming large over the pool discussion was the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The lab’s management and operations contract is scheduled to go to a new contractor next year. If the lab’s contract goes to a non-profit contractor, the county, and the state, would lose millions of dollars in proceeds from the gross receipts tax. New Mexico does not apply a GRT tax to non-profits.

Some councilors wanted to put the vote off until next year, after the contract issue with the lab was settled, and the county had a better idea of its financial picture.

Some residents also brought up the issue during public discussion.

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