- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - State leaders said Tuesday they plan to have more closed-door meetings to discuss a $300 million project to renovate the state Capitol.

The Capitol Building Oversight Group announced that a subcommittee will take a larger role in discussions about the project. Unlike the oversight group meetings, the subcommittee meetings will not be public.

The subcommittee will debate and give recommendations to the full oversight group, which will then vote and ultimately decide on the plans, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday (https://goo.gl/caIdv3 ).

Lawmakers say the new decision-making structure will help streamline the process, but some critics of the project say the secrecy is a step in the wrong direction.

Officials have said the whole project, including renovation of the neighboring Herschler Building, is set to be completed by the legislative session in early 2019.

Some state workers already have moved out of the Capitol in anticipation of work starting this fall. And the state has leased and purchased office space around Cheyenne to accommodate elected officials and the Legislature during the promised three-year construction phase.

The Capitol was built in stages starting more than 100 years ago, and many of its rooms have been retrofitted with low-hanging acoustic ceiling tiles. In addition to addressing fire safety and other modernization requirements, the restoration project calls for a major renovation of the Herschler Building, which houses state workers.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com


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