Should the County change the length of time that must pass before a request can be considered by Council for a County facility to be named after a deceased person -- from six months after their death to five years?
Staff was requested to draft Ordinance 02-241, a change to County Code requirements for "special public recognition" that would increase the amount of time after the death of a person before the County may consider naming a facility after that person. Currently, the County may not consider naming any of its facilities after a deceased person until six months after the person has died. Here is the excerpt from the Staff report for this item stating "why" the change is being proposed: "Often, sentiment runs particularly high in the months after the death of a prominent person and people want to immediately honor the deceased by naming a public facility after the person. Naming decisions may be better made after time for due reflection as to the appropriate manner in which to recognize the deceased contributions to the community. Allowing time for those passions to cool and to provide an opportunity to revisit the significant contributions to the community supplies an opportunity to educate newcomers about those contributions and to select a fitting memorial. This ordinance, if passed, would extend the time that must pass to 5 years before Los Alamos County can consider naming one of its facilities after a deceased person."
The change in length of time was requested earlier this year by Councilor Kristin Henderson. The ordinance had been published and introduced in March 2014, but was pulled from having the Public Hearing that month at the request of Councilor Henderson. The hearing was recently re-scheduled for the October 28 Council meeting (7:00 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Bldg). Because it had been previously published and introduced six months ago, the County wanted to ensure that citizens were aware that this item was now moving forward again to its public hearing.
What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Please share your comments on Open Forum for others to read - or if you prefer, send them via e-mail directly to Council at email@example.com. Public comments on the forum will be collected until 4 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting and then furnished to Council to review. If you wish to make comments in person at the public hearing, attend the Council meeting on Oct. 28.
Outcome: Revised ordinance set for public hearing on Jan. 27, 2015.
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