Mike speaks with the Lander City Council. Joshua Scheer photo.
UPDATED on Jan. 30.
(Lander, Wyo.) – The committee setting 1 percent sales tax project priorities for the City of Lander presented its list of recommendations to the Lander City Council last night, naming preventative maintenance to the length of Buena Vista Drive as a top priority.
Committee member Mike Quinn gave the presentation on Tuesday evening. Other members are: Sollie Cadman, Wade Alexander, Del McComie, Jerry Heckart, Jeff Hermansky, Lindy Johnson, and Elizabeth Lightner. Councilor Dick Hudson was the council liaison and other city staff were also involved.
Quinn reviewed with the council how the committee learned about different types of road maintenance and other details of the trade.
Crack sealing and chip sealing the length of Buena Vista Drive from the highway intersection to the hospital is what the committee identified as a priority. He said an engineer might recommend sections for overlay or reconstruction, but that was impossible for the committee to predict.
Community Resource Coordinator Gary Michaud later clarified that the projects are in no specific order of priority among themselves.
Number two would be chip sealing the Harmony Hill area. A couple years ago the city did an overlay, and chip sealing is recommended routine maintenance for a couple years after an overlay. This work includes portions of McDougall, Mountain View, Vance, Welch and Garner streets.
Jefferson Street work is third on the list. Quinn noted that the city was planning on reconstructing portions of that road anyway, and that 1 percent sales tax funds could be used to cover any shortfalls or at the least follow-up maintenance down the road.
Fourth and Fifth on the list are reconstruction and follow-up work on portions Cliff and McDougall streets.
Quinn said in some cases the city should be prepared to replace water and sewer infrastructure below the reconstructed streets, as well as replacing sidewalks, curbs and gutters in some places.
The council did not formally accept the list or commit to these priorities.
Councilor Monte Richardson asked Michaud to check with the State Loan and Investment Board about Jefferson. SLIB had allocated funds for that project, but approved transferring them to the community center construction. Richardson said he thought the city had promised SLIB that Jefferson would be first, and asked Michaud to verify.
The optional 1 percent sales tax was approved by voters in November 2012, and it went into effect in April 2013. Local governments have committed to using the funds for infrastructure improvements. Treasurer Charri Lara said $900,000 has been collected by the city so far, with several past months not having come in yet. Lander is expected to receive $5.6 million over the four year life of the tax before it goes to voters again.