Yukon Capital Project Advisory Board members named

Will make recommendations to city council; first meeting March 22

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Eleven members have been named to a new City of Yukon committee.

The Yukon Capital Project Advisory Board will make recommendations to the Yukon City Council on what capital improvement projects to include on a proposed election ballot.

The city council confirmed these representatives to the advisory board at its March 15th meeting:

  • Ward 1 – Linda Reynolds
  • Ward 2 – Leslie Soulen
  • Ward 3 – Conrad Dudderar
  • Ward 4 – David Enmark
  • At Large – Derek Schmidt
  • Yukon Chamber of Commerce – Pam Shelton
  • Yukon Community– Pastor Ray Rhoton (Bethel Community Church, Compassionate Hands)
  • Yukon Businesses – Buddy Carpenter (Ace Hardware)
  • Yukon City Council – Aric Gilliland
  • Yukon City Manager – Tammy Kretchmar
  • Yukon Public Schools’ Superintendent – Dr. Jason Simeroth

The board includes nine appointees – nominated by the city council and city manager – who must be City of Yukon residents during their tenure on the panel.

The city manager and school superintendent are ex-officio voting members.

A resolution establishing the Yukon Capital Project Advisory Board was approved at the March 1st city council meeting.

Ward 3 Council Member Donna Yanda thanked everyone who agreed to serve.

“I think it’s going to be a great board and I see great things for Yukon coming from their decisions and projects moving forward,” Yanda said.

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Yukon Capital Project Advisory Board members will meet starting next week to review input provided by residents in fall 2021 through a community survey and three town hall forums.

The first meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the council chambers of the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th. The advisory board will elect a chair and vice-chair and set a meeting schedule.

Yukon Capital Project Advisory Board meetings will be open to the public and allow for public input.

This board will offer guidance to the city council, which will consider calling an election to fund capital improvements.

Among suggested capital projects are:

  • A new community center
  • A multi-generational sports/recreation complex
  • A new public library
  • A third fire station
  • Interior street improvements
  • Water/sewer infrastructure upgrades

City of Yukon liaisons who may advise the board are city staff members, city legal and bond counsel, city engineers, and financial advisors.

A dedicated sales tax, property tax increase and utility revenue bonds are capital project financing options. Yukon voters must approve any tax hike.

The next possible special election date is Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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