White Rock's The Hive in danger of closing

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County: Council turns down citizens’ petition for funding

By Arin McKenna

Council turned down a citizens’ petition requesting $36,000 for The Hive to sustain its operations through February 2013, due to state law prohibiting the county from providing financial assistance to non-public agencies.

The petition also requested that council direct county staff to develop an expanded grant application for The Hive’s continued operations.

County Resolution No. 10-18 does provide for financial assistance to non-public agencies that provide a service that council feels it should provide to its citizens.

Since The Hive’s services may qualify for funding under that provision, council unanimously approved a motion directing staff to investigate the matter with the petitioners and “return to council with information, options and/or recommendations as soon as practicable.”

The Hive may also qualify for Local Economic Development Act grants.

The assistance may come too late to save The Hive. Stewart David Jones said that without funding, The Hive will be forced to close its doors at the end of this month.
For more on this developing story, read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
In other business:

• Council also certified the canvassing committee results for the 2012 General Election.

Councilor Vincent Chiravalle pulled a change order for construction on the Los Alamos Canyon Dam from the consent agenda. Construction costs have risen sharply due to flood damage in the canyon.

Chiravalle questioned the increase, but the answers were found in the staff report, including the fact that FEMA and the State of New Mexico are expected to cover 87.5 percent of the cost.

• Council approved the change order by a 6-1vote, with Chiravalle voting no.