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Napier: Casper City Hall renovation still in the planning process

Casper City Hall on March 5
Casper City Hall on March 5(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 5:51 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A conversation from the end of 2019 about starting a renovation on the Casper City Hall started back up. There were plans and funds in place for this project before the pandemic started.

Carter Napier, the Casper City manager, said they put off this project because of the pandemic and are working on getting it started. Currently, it’s still in the planning stages. “While we have tacit approval we still have a lot to do before we can make changes to the building,” Napier said.

The money this renovation will come out of won’t affect any city employees. “Currently we don’t have any employees furloughed or laid off,” Napier said.

This project will consist of improvements on the inside like the heating and air condition system, help improve ADA requirements and general safety. They hope to do much more than just landscaping.

“Security, parking, lighting improvements. Also trying to reduce the footprint of what we actually have to maintain,” Napier said.

Napier used the example of the fountain outside City Hall. He said he wants to get rid of the pool underneath so there wouldn’t be any extra costs for a fountain. “And display the sculpture appropriately,” Napier said.

City Hall was built in the 1970s and Napier wants it to last a long time. “If we want this building to move into the future, you have to do some improvements at some point,” Napier said.

He adds they hope to start soon. “Even this construction season if possible. Hence the reason why we need to have some conversations internally and with the council,” Napier said.

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