Citizens Speak Out On Quality Of Life Issues

From left, Los Alamos County Councilors Pete Sheehey and James Chrobocinski, Acting Council Chair Susan O’Leary and Councilor Daivid Izraelevitz at this evening’s Quality of Life public listening session underway in Council Chambers. Acting County Manager Steven Lynne, at left, hosts the meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Citizens and County staff settle in for this evening’s Quality of Life public listening session with the Los Alamos County Council underway in Council Chambers. This is the third of seven such public meetings to gather community input on possible CIP projects. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Speaking on an item not on the agenda, Los Alamos Attorney George Chandler encourages Council to pay attention to a bill in the State House related to the local Sheriff’s Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin of the Los Alamos Concert Association asks Council to consider funding much needed improvements to the lobby and restrooms at Duane Smith Auditorium. The public restrooms are a disgrace to this community, she said. They are not up to code for wheel chairs, stool heights or other requirements. The audience can hear the toilets flushing during concerts and the public is asked to wait to flush until the a break in the music when the audience begins to applaude. Also, there are only three stalls in the ladies restroom and international standards indicate there should be 14 stalls for a facility that size. Also, the facility is used by a substantial number of community organizations and would be extremely expensive to replace should it be allowed to continue deteriorating. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Tennis Club President Bob Nolan advocates for four additional tennis courts at Urban Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Kim Ferguson advocates for the First Born Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council asks for a show of hands of citizens willing to help fund many of the projects with a $20 a month tax hike. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson jokingly reminds Council that even though the citizens vote to pay higher property taxes to pay for projects – the process takes so long that when the assessor’s office sends out the new bills everyone’s in an uproar wondering why their taxes went up, which drew laughter from the audience and Councilors alike. Photo by Carol A. Clark/