New Casper City council members sworn in; hope for stable 2021

Newly sworn in council members take their seats
Newly sworn in council members take their seats(Screenshot of cityofcasper Youtube)
Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 2:45 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Four new Casper City Council members were sworn in this week. The new councilman representing ward I hope to bring a constituent’s concern about parking on 12th street to the council.

“There is a piece of property owned by a homeowner but managed by the city, I believe, it’s an s grip of property between the sidewalk and the street,” said Bruce Knell, a new councilman for Ward 1.

A new police station is a project Knell wants to see happen and what another new councilman expects to see this year, but admits it could be a challenge making it happen with a tight budget.

“That’s going to be one of the many issues where the new council will have to balance being fiscally conservative in an economic downturn, but also the need for public servants and city officials and state staff to have the facilities and equipment to do their job,” said Kyle Gamroth, new Ward II councilman.

Knell is grateful the former council left them in good financial shape by keeping a tight budget and that funds come from the rising and falling energy industry. “We’ve got to be able to provide quality service with less money and that’s going to be a challenge,” Knell said.

Gamroth adds with all of the recent ups and downs of the past year he’s hoping for more stability. “The only thing constant last year was change and so we’ll see if this year is more stable or if we have to be adaptable,” Gamroth said.

We reached out to the two other new members of the council and didn’t hear back.

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