Court seeks $515K more to alter new facilities

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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:43 am, Tue Mar 12, 2013.

The Santa Fe County Commission will be asked Tuesday, March 12, to approve another $515,866 for the new District Court building at Montezuma Avenue and Sandoval Street — mostly for the parking garage that will be off limits to the general public.

A staff memo says the extra money — $476,826 plus $39,040 in gross-receipts taxes — is needed to pay for a number of “user requested changes” to the original contract with Bradbury Stamm Construction.

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  • Sabine Strohem posted at 9:13 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 118

    What a joke. A shameful joke on us.

  • SantaFe123 posted at 5:50 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    SantaFe123 Posts: 2

    Why not open all the spaces in the parking garage to the public and have the judges and employees park in a secure part of an offsite garage. They can have a dedicated shuttle bus that will take them to and from their cars in the morning, evenings and at lunch. Problem solved.

  • Linda Garrido posted at 2:17 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Linda Garrido Posts: 13

    Will the court house validate parking slips from the City parking lots for citizens who need to monitor civil and criminal court activity? Even if they DO validate for City parking lots, those lots (& the State lot across from the capitol) require citizens to walk three or four blocks. What about A.D.A. requirements. And there are not many parking meters near the courthouse to accommodate citizens' cars.
    Even if they allow 40 parking spots for concerned citizens, there may not be enough parking available. Extremely poor planning...from the beginning! Would have been better to build the court house out on Hwy 14 near the jail. It's easier to plan for ADEQUATE parking when out of the downtown area. And closer to jail makes more sense. Can they start over on Hwy 14 and use the court house building for something else?

  • Paul White posted at 1:02 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Pabloblanco Posts: 45

    There's been tens of millions in cost overruns and environmental issues. Just another reason that the County needs to have more public outreach on these projects. They might learn a thing or two from the community before blindly jumping into these big ticket projects.
    For example; the County spent tens of thousands on a report for a water line to Eldorado. No community input, no report and no results. What's going on?

  • Chuck Duecy III posted at 12:17 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Chuck Posts: 3

    It was sold in large part with the promise of Public Parking. Local business have already made plans based on that parking being available. If they can't work out a compromise to free those spaces up I say don't approve additional funding. As an earlier comment states, they can hire a guard with a shovel. That amount should cover the cost of that for at least 15 years.

  • Marissa Lopez posted at 10:54 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Marissa Posts: 8


    How about firing a ton of the dead weight that this government employees?

  • henry griswold posted at 10:07 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    post a guard w/a snowshovel

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:28 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    No more money for them until the public is allowed to use the parking garage!

    Take back the furniture!

  • David Martinez posted at 8:35 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    David Martinez Posts: 65

    If you already buy the print edition with a 7 day subscription, you get the on-line edition for free.

  • Chris Mechels posted at 8:05 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 64

    Having justified the parking garage as a public convenience, we now get "bait and switch" from the Court and the DA. The DA, Spence Pacheco, had a lovely argument about security for the Judges. How thoughtful, even though the past does not support such concerns.

    Perhaps Spence has her eye on the parking places? How lovely for her and her staff! If she wants them let her budget for them, or hold a bake sale.

    No more money, without public access. This is an example of utterly self serving behavior by out government "servants". Those who support this "bait and switch" should be voted out.

  • David Martinez posted at 6:18 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    David Martinez Posts: 65

    At 3:16, I'm not surprised you are here alone.

    So the county needs $515,000 for their parking garage, hold a bake sale.

  • WartyBliggens posted at 6:09 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    WartyBliggens Posts: 8

    Here's another example of government impoverishing the people to build a monolithic momument to itself with access limited to its own ingrown elite.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:16 am on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    This new comment system kind of blows, huh? Can't stick no easy-links. Gotta copy & paste like it was the twentieth century. Where's the edit function button? Where is everybody? I'm all alone in here. [sad]


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