Council Reviews Recommendations of Utilities Charter Review Committee and Listens to Public Comment

Los Alamos County Board of Public Utilities Vice Chair Timothy Neal makes the case against proposed changes to the County Charter related to the DPU during tonight’s County Council meeting in Council Chambers. PrintScreen Image/LADP

The meeting opened to public comment and local attorney George Chandler urged the Council to understand the importance of the proposed changes to the Charter and to let the people vote on those proposed changes. PrintScreen Image/LADP

Mark Jones said the proposed Charter changes should go to a vote of the people. PrintScreen Image/LADP

Staff Report

At tonight’s County Council meeting, the Council is reviewing and discussing recommendations of the Utilities Charter Review Committee and may vote on one of four actions:

A. Agree with the Utilities Charter Review Committee (UCRC) recommendations and direct the County Attorney to draft an ordinance(s) for introduction that would provide for a proposed County Charter change to Article V. – Utilities as described in Attachment A, with the understanding that such proposed charter changing ordinance, if adopted, will require further approval by Los Alamos County voters at an election in accordance with the County Charter;

or

B. Primarily agree with the UCRC recommendations and direct the County Attorney to draft an ordinance(s) for introduction that would provide for a proposed County Charter change to Article V. – Utilities as described in Attachment A and amended as follows: ______________, with the understanding that such proposed charter changing ordinance, if adopted, will require further approval by Los Alamos County voters at an election in accordance with the County Charter.

or

C. Agree with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recommendations and direct the County Attorney to draft an ordinance(s) for introduction that would provide for a proposed County Charter change to Article V. – Utilities as described in Attachment G, with the understanding that such proposed charter changing ordinance, if adopted, will require further approval by Los Alamos County voters at an election in accordance with the County Charter;

or

D. Take no further action toward amendment of Article V. of the Charter.

County Administrator Harry Burgess recommends that Council approve one of the four recommended actions.

Barbara Calef asked that the issue go before the public for a vote. PrintScreen Image/LADP

Felicia Orth suggested to Council that the Charter is fine as written. PrintScreen Image/LADP

Former Utilities Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O’Leary spoke in support of having the proposed changes to the Charter go to a vote of the people. PrintScreen Image/LADP

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