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Casper City council to have second reading about parking ordinance

Cars drive on 12th Street on May 4
Cars drive on 12th Street on May 4(Bobbee Russell)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 5:39 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper City Council is working on changes to the city’s parking ordinance. The second of three readings will be tonight at 6 p.m.

Kenneth Berray, a man who lives in the 12th and 13th street area, said he’s worried about everyone’s safety when they cross or park on those streets. “If somebody comes to work on my house I always have them park in my driveway or on a side street around the corner,” Berray said.

He’s noticed neighbors park on parkways, a section of cement between the street and the sidewalk where people aren’t supported to park. Carter Napier, the Casper City manager, said the city’s tentative solution is to have people remove trees as needed and pay for a permit to park on the parkways. “We feel like it’s a compromise. Undoubtedly much of the public will view it as being a good idea or not,” Napier said.

Napier adds the city has heard a bunch of suggestions to solve this issue like removing trees on the street to make more parkways. Berray worries that will take away from 12th and 13th Street. “I love the area because of the mature trees. I don’t want it to turn into I-12,” Berray said.

Berray measured 80 inches from the white line on the road to his curb. He feels the best solution is to make the road wider. “Ultimately I’d like to see them take a two-foot section of the parkway and widen the streets. I don’t think it’s going to take billions of dollars like some may think it would if they do it a block at a time,” Berray said.

Community members can provide the council feedback in-person over the phone or by emailing councilcomments@casperwy.gov.

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