Casper City Council discusses Special Event Guide changes

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper City Council members discussed potential changes to the city’s Special Event Guide at Tuesday’s work session. Potential changes would apply to events including parades and protests.

Casper City Councilman Steve Cathey, Ward III, looks at his notes at a work session in Casper, Wyo. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

“We wanted to be sure that if a group wanted to have a parade in Casper that the rules were clear, that applications were submitted in a timely fashion, because there are safety issues with a parade, and we wanted to make sure our police had ample time to take whatever steps need to be taken to ensure that it’s done safely,” said Casper Mayor Charlie Powell, Ward II.

Council members preliminarily agreed to setting a five day timetable for Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters to approve or deny a permit request.

McPheeters said it usually doesn’t take more than a day or two to give applicants answer. He wanted a few more days of flexibility in case there are special circumstances. These could include issues involving the event or if police resources are stretched thin when application is submitted.

He said the goal is not to deny any permits. If there are issues with the application, police will generally try to work with an applicant to resolve any problems.

Powell said council members also discussed requiring applicants apply at least 20 days before low impact events and 30 days before high impact events.

Council members must approve all potential changes at a future meeting.