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Los Alamos County Council Tentatively Approves Public Works Department Proposed Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 8:34am

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton presents his department's proposed budget during Tuesday's budget hearings in Council Chambers. Regarding one budget item, Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary asked during the Monday night budget hearing about the postponement of the $2.73 million HVAC project at Mesa Public Library. Deputy Manager Steve Lynne explained the original scope only addressed the library's HVAC system but it was decided to combine the HVAC system with replacing the libraray's lighting, saying, 'It was sort of a natural fit for it be delayed.' Shelton added Monday that installing  air conditioning at the library will use more energy and replacing the building's 20-year-old lighting system will realize savings on the energy bill. So, he said, it made sense to do the projects together. Council tentatively approved the base budget of  $41,386,451 with the addition of a budget option of $170,000 for pavement preservation. Council agreed to subtract the $52,000 it tentatively approved Monday in the Community Services Department's budget for RV hookups at Main Gate Park to increase Public Works' budget item from $118,000 to $170,000. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/