Casper City Council work session recap

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper City Council members went through a packed agenda at Tuesday’s work session.

They voted to create an LGBTQ Advisory Council. It will function similarly to the “Casper’s Council for People with Disabilities,” meaning the advisory council will make suggestions to the city council. It will have no formal power.

“We basically give people a voice to help us understand challenges that they face as a segment of our society that sometimes faces discrmination or, not intentional, but just kind of sometimes a lack of awareness of the needs,” Casper Mayor Charlie Powell, Ward II, said.

He said Casper recently received a poor rating from the Human Rights Campaign, an LQBTQ advocacy group. On its Municipal Equality Index, Casper received a score of 11 out of a possible 100 points.

City council members also discussed dog parks.

They decided not to move forward yet with a park on East Second Street near Rocky Mountain Oncology. They told Parks and Recreation Director Tim Cortez to create a modified plan, which would cost less.

“The discussion was how can we do this in a cost-effective manner and still have it be a nice amenity,” Powell said. “Of course with something like this, you can always set it aside, create a space for people to play with their dogs and add amenities later.”

City council members also decided to seek a grant up to $500,000 from the Wyoming Business Council. The money would help pay for a new park by the North Platte River near First Street. A 25 percent match is required for the grant. According to city documents, the “First Street Gateway Project” would cost about $786,000.

“We would upgrade the trail, create a boat ramp at the end of B Street that would serve all users of the river and be easily accessible as far as different watercraft,” Powell said.

The city is currently restoring the North Platte River near First Street.