County Launches New Website, Facebook Page To Update Residents On CIP Bond Projects

COUNTY News:

A new Los Alamos County website, www.losalamosbondprojects2017.com, provides residents with information on pre-conceptual designs for proposed Capital Improvement Projects including road improvements, existing county facility improvements and development of new facilities.

The site includes information on the projects including site selection, schematic designs and cost estimates. Residents will be able to review projects, access news releases and read articles about the projects. Interested residents can follow the process by signing up for an electronic newsletter and email communications, which will include a monthly project progress newsletter and meeting announcements. 

Questions and comments also may be emailed directly to info@losalamosbondprojects2017.com.

Background

On March 1, the County Council took action to narrow the list of capital improvement projects (CIP) that will proceed through the initial pre-conceptual design phase (Phase 1). Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) has been contracted by Los Alamos County’s Public Works Department to lead these design efforts with the community. They are also tasked with public involvement for the 12 projects. Phase 1 analysis includes potential site selection and its feasibility, cost estimates and basic program schematics for the projects.  Projects that are considering multiple sites will need to have additional public input as a site is narrowed to a single location. 

Projects that have completed Phase 1 or designs from the prior CIP process will be updated based on current Council direction, and DPS will develop cost estimates with current costs.  For those projects that are largely street and/or utility improvements, County staff will develop the majority of cost estimates; however, DPS is tasked with compiling this information into a common format for all projects and providing visual representations of projects. After the scope of work and cost for each of the projects are determined, the next step is for DPS to determine annual operations, maintenance, and staffing costs. 

After the projects are refined with scope and costs, a polling consultant will be hired to survey the public and gauge their level of support for general obligation bond debt. Based on those results, the polling consultant will make recommendations to the County, which will be part of the Council’s deliberations in December as they work toward developing a ballot question for a May 2017 election. 

The list of 12 projects are grouped in three categories:

Economic Development Projects:

  • 20th Street Extension – master plan, street, utilities
  • Parcel A-8 Utility Stub out – street, utilities
  • Deacon Street – master plan
  • DP Road Improvements – street, utilities

Existing Facilities Projects:

  • Golf Course Improvements – irrigation system, tee box, greens/turf
  • Tennis Courts – add four courts at Urban Park or eight courts on North Mesa
  • Ice Rink Improvements – locker rooms, lobby, restrooms, sun shade

New Facilities Projects:

  • Recreation Center – basketball and volleyball courts, indoor soccer, running track, team locker rooms – located either near Aquatic Center or on North Mesa
  • Leisure Pool – co-located with pool at Aquatic Center
  • Splash Pads – splash pad in White Rock and Water Feature in Ashley Pond Park
  • Softball, baseball & soccer fields – varsity fields in White Rock plus multi-use fields on North Mesa (could include school property)
  • Indoor Ice Rink – located either near the Aquatic Center or on North Mesa
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