(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council on Tuesday night briefly interviewed two additional candidates for the city’s 1 percent project committee.
Lindy Johnson and Jeff Hermansky were interview for a spot on the committee. Previously considered for the advisory group are Sollie Cadman, Wade Alexander, Mike Quinn, Del McOmie, and Jerry Heckart. Councilor Dick Hudson would serve as the council’s liaison. Additionally, Public Works Director Mickey Simmons and Streets Supervisor Mitch LeClair are to be part of the committee as well.
Those considered before these new two have not been formally interviewed by the council. The possible expansion of the committee came after Councilor Cade Maestas last month raised concerns that the committee was not very diverse and most members selected had previous connections to the city government. (Read more about that debate here.)
The committee’s job will be to prioritize city infrastructure projects to be funded by the optional 1 percent sale tax approved by voters last November.
Johnson, who works for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, said she could bring the vision of the cycling community to the committee. She is the current treasurer for Lander Cycling.
Hermansky works for the Department of Family Services and is a current member of the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District Board. Previously, he said he worked as Teton County’s engineer and knows about road construction and road maintenance.
A third candidate, Elizabeth Lightner, was unavailable to be interviewed Tuesday evening.
Both Mayor Mick Wolfe and Maestas emphasized that the committee’s work and the entire process with 1 percent sales tax funds needs to be transparent.
There is no limit to how many people the city can appoint to the committee. Maestas suggested when the council considers who to appoint it consider trying to find a representation of the entire footprint of the city limits.