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Casper City Council hears from citizens about abortion clinic

Published: May. 4, 2022 at 12:02 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - To start off Casper City Council’s May 3 meeting, Mayor ray Pacheco proclaimed May as tennis month in the city. This recognition is due to the positive effect that the sport has on the community. It also helps to show the importance of upkeep on the courts in Casper.

Following this proclamation the Council opened the stand for public input which was met by citizens who are concerned with the opening of a new abortion clinic in Casper. Some who spoke even suggested that the Council make a special proclamation for the unborn. Council did discuss this possibility but ultimately decided against the idea. This is because the City Council had no say in approving the clinic and that this type of discussion could lead to some discourse between members.

“I know that the question has been asked about who approved it and who sanctioned it, and really the city had no bearing upon that. Since it’s still legal we really have no jurisdiction over any of those types of things,” said Mayor Ray Pacheco.

After this discussion the council approved a few long term resolutions that will have Casper citizens seeing some changes to the city in coming years. This includes Visit Casper’s 2021 Tourism Master Plan. This plan was developed in 2021 and presented to council in recent months. It is expected to help grow tourism in Natrona County by focusing on five different goals that were identified by Visit Casper. These include tourisms economic importance, community attractions, transportation and connectivity, and developing both Casper mountain and the riverfront.

Council also adopted a plan from the Metropolitan Planning Organization called the Complete Streets Plan. This plan will look at how streets in Casper can be improved, not only for vehicles, but also for pedestrians, bikes, and other forms of transportation.

MPO Supervisor Jeremy Yates said, “If new developments come in, or if streets are reconstructed, the City of Casper would use this plan to guide the facilities in the street that are dictated by the land usage and not just by the classification and volume of the street.”

Council also saw the return of member Bruce Knell. This was Mr. Knells first in person appearance at a meeting since his plane crash in late March.

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