- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Lawmakers say they need more detailed floor plans for the state Capitol’s restoration before they can sign off.

Legislators and Gov. Matt Mead weren’t satisfied with the plans presented to them Tuesday during the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group’s meeting, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1zMtjvm).

Their refusal to approve the design doesn’t necessarily mean delays for a project that was slated to begin this summer, but does show a growing frustration among lawmakers that more detailed plans haven’t been finished since they voted for the project in 2014.

Mead said the state couldn’t move forward with the 23-page schematic design that was presented.

“If this is the final checkmark we give, our statutory checkmark, there is no way I would vote yes on this,” Mead said. “I don’t think we are far enough along.”

The $292 million project renovates the Capitol building, among other endeavors. Project coordinators plan to have a detailed design ready to present in 30-45 days.

Officials can decide to delay the timeline of the project as late as August, when the project’s guaranteed top costs will be determined.

If delayed, the project would lose out on $6 million to $8 million. Sen. Tony Ross, R-Cheyenne, said he didn’t want that to happen.

“I’m done with architecture speak,” he said. “We need to know what the hell we are doing here.”

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


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