Editor's Note Feb. 23 at 10:45 a.m. Even though Los Alamos has received snow, the Capital Projects Economic Development/Infrastructure public meeting for tonight is still planned to begin at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. If this changes because of updated weather forecasts, the County plans to make a decision about canceling and would make another announcement at approximately 4:00 p.m. Crews will work to keep the municipal parking building lot and its sidewalks open and clear of snow before and after the meeting for public safety. Please note: tonight's meeting is expected to be longer than the other capital project meetings, since there will be presentations from staff and the LACDC first. If you do not feel comfortable venturing out to the meeting with these weather conditions, remember that you can stream the meeting from home. Visit this link starting at 6 p.m. and click on the Feb. 23 meeting that will be showing status as "In Progress".
Public meetings continue this month, as requested by the Council as part of their deliberations on narrowing a project list to fund possible future capital projects.
Based on Council direction on Dec. 8, 2015, the list of projects forms the basis for a new CIP, which could be funded either directly from CIP funds for design and construction, or, could be placed to a public vote no later than May 2017 and (if successful) paid for with a bond. To review the list of projects that were being discussed as of Dec. 8, download this one-page PDF document. In addition, the Council is seeking new projects not identified on this list. They are also seeking general feedback from the public about the Dec. 8 list, as well as input about three topic areas: Economic Development (ED)/Infrastructure, Parks & Recreation, and Quality of Life.
The final Public Meeting will be held:
Tuesday, Feb. 23: Economic Development/Infrastructure Capital Projects,
Council Chambers, 6 p.m.
For this last meeting, there will be presentations by County Staff first. Greg Fisher, Economic Vitality Administrator, and Chris Wilson, Parks, Recreation, Open Space Manager, will give presentations, and then representatives from the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation will give a presentation. After that, public comment will open (see format below for details on this portion of the meeting.)
The Council will then have a wrap up of all of the public meetings and further discussion at their Council meeting on Tuesday, March 1 (6 p.m. in Council Chambers), when they could take action to narrow the project list.
Here is the format for public comment for the meeting:
As residents enter, they will be asked if they wish to sign in with their name and address on one of three sign-in sheets in order to make public comment. The three lists are: 1) Public Comment on CIP items not on the list at the December Council meeting where this topic was discussed; 2) Public Comment on CIP items already on the list at the December meeting; and 3) Public Comment on funding mechanisms for any of the projects.
Public comment will then proceed by calling the names of each person on each of the three lists to speak at the microphone. Attendees can sign up on all three lists if they wish to do so. The order of public comment taken will be: projects not on the list, followed by projects on the list, and finally public comments about funding mechanisms.
Based on the number of individuals who sign in for public comment, a limit will be placed on length of time for each individual to speak, however, a time limit between two to three minutes should be anticipated. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their comments in writing, and to have a copy to give to County staff. It should be noted that comments in writing given to the County would then be considered a public record.
These meetings are intended to be informal listening sessions that Councilors may attend and no discussion will occur, although Councilors may ask clarifying questions of the speakers.
Attendees do not need to give public comment unless they desire to do so; all meetings are open to the public to observe and listen to comments from others. All meetings – including those held in White Rock -- will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing - use this link: http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx
These meetings will not be broadcast on PAC-8.