Casper City Council members say no to parking meters, for now

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper City Council members decided Tuesday to hold off on installing parking meters downtown and in the Old Yellowstone District.

Casper City Councilman Steve Cathey, Ward III, listens to a presentation at a council work session in Casper, Wyo. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

“There’s a real pushback against metering the key downtown blocks that we’ve been looking at so council’s not ready to move in that direction right now,” said Casper Mayor Charlie Powell, Ward II.

Council members have been looking at metering since a recent study came out suggesting it to increase open parking in the downtown area. Currently, street parking is limited to two hours per weekday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. but enforcement is a challenge.

Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters told council members the force does not currently have staffing levels necessary to adequately monitor downtown.

Council members hope to increase police resources and see if it makes a difference even though monitoring cars will still be a challenge.

“The old method of marking tires and then going back to see if the same car’s there is extremely difficult and it’s expensive from a staffing standpoint,” Powell said.

Council members also want to incentivize parking in the garage at 230 S. Wolcott St.

“What we really need to do is create disincentives for people to monopolize these spaces and some incentives for people to use our parking garage,” Powell said.

Potential ideas council members floated include increasing the number of free hours in the garage from two to four and reducing monthly rates for people who work in the area.