Two men will vie for the seat of mayor in November's election. Incumbent William (Bill) Weems will be challenged by Councilman Tim Clark.
William (Bill) Weems
A lifelong resident of Plummer, Mr. Weems said he decided to run again as he had several people ask. He first served on city council and then began his first term as mayor in 2016.
"There was enough asking that I decided to throw my hat back into the ring and continue addressing the challenges Plummer faces. And we have a few that need to be worked on," he said.
Mr. Weems and his wife raised their children in Plummer. They are grown and Mr. Weems is retired, which he says gives him the time needed to spend working with staff.
"I spend on average, about four hours a day, depending on issues and project management, as well as travel to meetings and workshops such as the North Idaho Mayor's Coalition," he said.
Mr. Weems holds a A.A.S. degree in business leadership from North Idaho College as well as a bachelor's degree in business leadership in organizational science from the University of Idaho. He sat on the board on the nonprofit he created, Pathways Development Corporation, and Potlatch Fund for about five years. He is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and sits on the higher education committee.
Mr. Weems said there's been several things his administration has accomplished including repairs at the Plummer Community Center, new tennis court, paving city streets, installing sidewalks, installing new water lines and meters, rebuilding the electric infastructure and more.
"There is more to do. Like finding funding to do more in the way of street repairs. Upgrading our sewer plant is rapidly coming down the road. That plant is a decade old now. Things are starting to wear out. We have to prepare for that," he said.
Other items on the radar include the installation of SCADA once fiber is in place, Mr. Weems said.
"SCADA is an acronym for supervisory control and data acquisition, a computer system for gathering and analyzing real time data. SCADA systems are used to monitor and control a plant or equipment in industries such as telecommunications, water and waste control, energy, oil and gas refining and transportation. In our case, our water and sewer equipment and services as well as electric systems management," he said.
Mr. Weems added the city may be looking at refinancing our sewer bond or "at least trying to reduce it to take some of the burden off our resident's backs."
Having lived in the city for 25 years, Mr. Clark is no stranger to the issues the city faces. Not only is a he a longtime resident but has an extensive history on the issues the city faces.
Mr. Clark served as a councilman from 2004 until 2007, which is when he was elected to serve as mayor. He continued in that position for one term. He ran and was elected again to city council in 2016. He also served on the Plummer-Worley school board from 2004 to 2012.
As well as running his own small business, Idaho Firearms Company, Mr. Clark works for the Idaho Department of Transportation. He holds a degree in business from Lewis Clark State College.
Mr. Clark previously volunteered for the fire department and he and his wife raised their four children in Plummer, who all still live in the community. They have four grandchildren.
Of his decision to run for mayor, Mr. Clark said, "I like being involved with the community and I want to be a part of what builds this city."
Mr. Clark said there are infrastructure needs, housing needs and more.
"I would like to make it easier for people to build here and not have so many roadblocks. The costs are pretty high," he said. "I'd like to see some growth here. I've worked here and with my previous council experience I have a lot of history."
During his time on council, Mr. Clark said the council was able to work together for the citizens and make things happen.
"One of the things we did is we finally lifted the moratorium on building," Mr. Clark said. "We have been working to rebuild infrastructure including the electrical and done quite a bit of roadwork here in town."
Mr. Clark said those are the things he wants to continue to address and bring forward. He said he wants to see Plummer thrive.
"I just want to look forward to the future and what we are going to need,"he said. "I'd like to get our town cleaned up more and again see some new growth."