Dubois Mayor Twila Blakeman and Town Council member Rick Lee at this morning’s meeting. Joshua Scheer photo.
(Lander, Wyo.) – A contingent from Dubois of seven or eight, including Mayor Twila Blakeman, attended the Fremont County Commission meeting earlier in a recurring expression of concerns with the museum system.
Blakeman asked the commission to move forward with plans to build a new museum in her community. A centennial celebration is planned for the summer, and she said it would be a good time to start the fundraising effort. She asked the county to commit to the project.
Commission Chairman Doug Thompson said the commission has not reallocated unspent planning funds as a rumor had suggested. He also said the original plan was for the county find funds for half of the $2.5 million construction funds and fundraise the other half. He assured Blakeman that he and the commission was well-aware of the need for a new facility.
Dubois Town Council Member Rick Lee said the entire council shares Blakeman’s concerns.
Blakeman also asked the commission to find a way to bring former Dubois Director and employee Katrina Krupicka Dingman and Melinda Bobo back to the museum. Both resigned from their jobs last month. The commission performed executive session exit interviews with both earlier on Tuesday morning.
Thompson said the fair thing would be for the Fremont County Museum Board to be included in these discussions, noting that employment matters are under the board’s discussion.
Thompson also told Blakeman that it’s his personal opinion that the movement toward a central director for the museum system has taken too long. Blakeman said she believed it would be too much work for one person to manager all three museums. “If our gals were back, they could help,” she said of Krupicka Dingman and Bobo.
Also earlier Tuesday morning, the commission conducted a closed-door exit interview with Stephen Banks, who resigned from the board in November 2013. Tuesday afternoon Thompson defended the decision to hold the interview in executive session, arguing that board appointees also qualify for employment executive sessions like paid employees do.