Tennis Courts Top Public’s CIP Wish List

Andrew Fraser is first up to share his ideas during Tuesday night’s Capital Improvement Projects Public Meeting in Council Chambers. He suggested improvements be made to local roads to better accommodate bicyclists. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAHS Varsity Hockey Coach Kevin Brake advocates for upgrades to the Los Alamos County Ice Rink including locker rooms and restrooms. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Pete Sheehey asks LAHS Varsity Hockey Coach Kevin Brake whether placing a cover over the ice rink would help lengthen the skating season. ‘I don’t think the juice would be worth the squeeze,’ Brake said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Approximately 20 residents attended  the first in a series of capital improvement project (CIP) public meetings that kicked off Tuesday evening in Council Chambers.

As they entered the Municipal Building, the residents were asked if they wished to sign in with their name and address on one of three sign-in sheets in order to make public comment:

  • Public Comment on CIP items not on the list at the December Council meeting where this topic was discussed;
  • Public Comment on CIP items already on the list at the December meeting; and
  • Public Comment on funding mechanisms for any of the projects.

County Manager Harry Burgess called on each person who signed up to speak about projects not on the list, followed by projects on the list, and finally public comments about funding mechanisms.

About half of the community members in attendance spoke about the projects they think the County should develop. Additional tennis courts topped the list, which also included upgrades to the County Ice Rink Center, golf course improvements, splash pad, road improvements for bicyclists and a multi-use recreation center.

“Thank you for being here and sharing your ideas with us. It’s important to remember that we don’t have an infinite supply of money,” Council Chair Rick Reiss said.

Councilor Kristin Henderson asked residents how much they would be willing to have their taxes raised to pay for all the projects. One resident said she would be good with having her taxes raised up to $50 a month.

Tuesday’s meeting may be viewed in its entirety on the County’s webpage at http://www.losalamosnm.us /gov/council/Pages/default.aspx.

Upcoming public meetings:

Capital Projects

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • 6 p.m.
  • White Rock – Fire Station 3

Quality of Life Capital Projects

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9
  • 6 p.m.
  • Los Alamos – Council Chambers

Parks & Recreation Capital Projects (Also a Parks & Recreation Board meeting)

  • Thursday, Feb. 11
  • 6 p.m.
  • Los Alamos – Council Chambers

Capital Projects 

  • Friday, Feb. 19
  • Noon
  • White Rock – Fire Station 3

Economic Development/Infrastructure

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23
  • 6 p.m.
  • Los Alamos – Council Chambers

LAHS Varsity Tennis Coach Lloyd Wilton speaks about the need for more tennis courts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Councilor James Chrobocinski and Councilor Kristin Henderson ask follow-up questions of community members speaking at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Tony Ballerd said he concurred with LAHS Varsity Tennis Coach Lloyd Wilton about the need to create additional tennis courts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Irene Powell spoke in favor of building a recreation center in Los Alamos, a splash pad in White Rock, improvements to the golf course including a new irrigation system, and a community center/town hall/civic center type facility. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sergey Kurennoy speaks of an immediate need for one new tennis court followed by the addition of two new courts for Los Alamos High School as well as two covered courts for the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Avid tennis player Joel Williams speaks in favor of more tennis courts for the community and tells council he will send them data on court usage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Greg Cunningham thanks council and staff for the new nets and maintenence of area tennis courts. He added that the hitting wall at Urban Park is crumbling and needs repair. He says there is ‘an absolute need for our high school team to have six tennis courts in one location.’ He also suggests adding lighted courts and an indoor court or two, which he says people will likely pay to play during winter months. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Diana Martinez from the YMCA speaks of the need for more basketball courts saying the addition of four courts would ease the overcrowding problem at the school gymnasiums. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daren Meadows advocates for a multi-use recreation center, saying there are companies out there with experience developing these types of facilities and we should not reinvent the wheel. He adds that the project should be fast tracked rather than placed a decade down the road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council members from left, Pete Sheehey, Steven Girrens, Vice Chair Susan O’Leary, Chair Rick Reiss, David Izraelevitz, James Chrobocinski and Kristin Henderson listens to community members at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess discusses the CIP process Tuesday evening with the public gathered in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members attend Tuesday’s public meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Andrea Balusu advocates for more tennis courts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, Councilor James Chrobocinski, County Manager Harry Burgess and County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger chat with members of the public prior to Tuesday’s meeting in Council members. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Posters and County staff set up in the lobby Tuesday evening outside Council Chambers to detail the CIP public meeting process. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members mingle with councilors and county staff following Tuesday’s public meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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