LEMOORE — After four months with former public works director Nathan Olson as interim city manager, Lemoore seems poised to start hunting for a permanent manager. 

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Lemoore City Council will discuss publishing a brochure and flyer that will include the job qualifications for the city manager position.

Council will then conduct a search for a city manager using internal staff and community and technical panels, with the final decision and interviews to be conducted by the city council.

Olson has been the interim city manager since June. Before him, Andi Welsh was hired by the city in 2015 and went on administrative leave in January, before resigning in April of this year.

Council will also discuss a request from Tom Vorhees for financial assistance from the city to construct Venture Place Road and other infrastructure in Lemoore’s Industrial Park.

In January 2014, the city of Lemoore sold a lot located east of Highway 41 and south of Highway 198 to Vorhees. The sale was more of a trade with Vorhees, with the original agreement being that in exchange for developing the lot and paying for a road, he would retain ownership of the property and develop the area.

After several extensions and no work being done, Vorhees is now asking council for nearly $500,000 to help pay for the road; half of what Vorhees said it will cost to develop the entire road and infrastructure.

Council will discuss several options city staff has provided to them, including loaning Vorhees up to $400,000.

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