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Casper City Council approves $250,000 land purchase

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 12:09 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Tuesday June 7, Casper’s City Council held a discussion involving parkway parking permits that the city is planning to enforce. The proposed permits are expects to cost $125 dollars for the first and then have a renewal fee of $25 per year. This purchase would procure the parkway areas in front of a permit holders residence so that no other person could legally park there.

A few citizens came to the council meeting and spoke out against the ordinance. Many of those who spoke noted that they have been parking in these areas for years, and even decades, and are irritated that they should start having to pay for this privilege.

Council will be hearing this topic discussed at two more meetings and each will have public comment periods specifically tied to this issue. Council encourages citizens to come and speak their minds at these meetings. The council will even be taking some of the ideas that were offered up today, and discussing them in the next work session. Some of these ideas included waiving the fee for those who have lived in a residence for more than a set number of years. The council will also consider waiving the initial $100 dollar fee and only charging citizens $25 a year for the parking.

During the meeting council also approved a new deal with the Firefighters Union in Casper that will help these first responders with a new benefit. This benefit being mental health counseling services that the city will pay for.

“One of the things that we’re trying out is a mental health benefit that would allow for fire fighters to access mental health counseling covered by the city,” said City Manager Carter Napier.

Council also approved the $250,000 purchase of land from the Izaak Walton League of America. The land that was bought is located near Fort Caspar and is a campground site that has been maintained and managed by the League for 97 years. The City purchased this land with plans to do some water development along with river restoration work on the North Platte.

The area will still be managed by the Walton League for five years though because in the agreement for the land purchase the Walton League will begin leasing the land from the city. This means that the area will still be run as it was before the purchase and anyone who may be looking to camp or rent the historic lodge on the site will still be able to do so through the Izaac Walton League.

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