Council considers $14.8 million go-ahead for Airport Basin

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By The Staff

Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday will consider passing Amendment No. 1 to a services agreement with Hensel Phelps Construction of New Mexico. The amendment calls for the company to move forward with actual construction with a guaranteed maximum price for the first phase of $14,8111,011, plus Gross Receipts Tax.

First phase work will include mobilization, site clearing and earthwork, utilities, some structural work related to Buildings B & C and procurement of long-lead time for market sensitive materials, such as steel millwork for the buildings. If approved the work would begin before the end of July.

In other business, the council will hear a presentation for Community Development Director Rick Bohn and Housing Programs Manager Steven Brugger on a Draft Housing Rehabilitation Program Proposal and consider a contract for an electronic security system using Radio Frequency Identification, which is intended to enable self-check out by library patrons. The proposed security system would also help keep the collections in order.

Year-end budget revisions for this fiscal year will be considered, along with a contract with Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation for $160,000 to operate the Los Alamos Meeting and Visitors Bureau. The corporation has run the bureau for more than 10 years.

Four public hearings are on Tuesday’s agenda, two of them involving adoption of a regional transit gross receipts tax.

One hearing is on adopting the ordinance and the second is on setting an election for the question of imposing the tax to coincide with the general election on Nov. 4, 2008.

An additional hearing is on an application for a new liquor license by Dolin Distillery, doing business as Don Quixote, 236 Rio Bravo, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.

The Council will also consider a resolution removing uncollectable accounts from the accounts receivable list of Los Alamos County. The items include 12 accounts, totaling $6,934.90.

Regular council meetings begin at 7 p.m. with time for public comment on items not otherwise included in the agenda at the beginning of the meeting.

The county council meetings are held in Council Chambers, in the Community Building at 475 20th St. They will be televised on PAC-8 and also streamed via the Internet.