City Council Meets For Multiple Work Sessions; Groups Present One-Cent Proposals
The Casper City Council has planned three work sessions for Tuesday, Wednesday and March 18, according to its website.
Work sessions are informal meetings to hear information and consider policy. The council does not make formal decisions at work session meetings.
Tuesday's work session beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Casper City Hall will deal the city's relationship with the Casper Area Economic Development Joint Powers Board (EDJPB); a bike and pedestrian master plan; upgrading the aging bus fleet of the Casper Area Transportation Coalition; and proposed ordinance revisions about public intoxication, safety belt and child restraint requirements, requirements for chauffeur's licenses, and trespassing.
Council also will hear presentations about the process for appealing conditional use decisions made by the city's planning and zoning commission, and speed limits and speed zones within the city.
On Wednesday and March 18, council will conduct two special work sessions to hear from representatives of the 33 organizations that applied for funds from the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax No. 15, which voters approved in November and will be in effect through early 2019.
Council accepted the applications through Feb. 9, and they are available on the city's website.
Both sessions begin at 2 p.m. at council chambers at Casper City Hall. Organization representatives are allotted 12-minute periods to make their pitches. There will be three 12-minute breaks during the sessions.
On Wednesday, council will hear from 17 organizations and their projects:
- Boy Scouts of America, adventure camp project.
- The Salvation Army, community kitchen.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming, north Casper youth impact project.
- Central Wyoming Rescue Mission, emergency shelter expansion.
- Wyoming Medical Center Foundation, Masterson Place project.
- Casper Artist Guild, Art 321.
- Natrona County Meals on Wheels, vehicle purchase.
- Nicolaysen Art Museum, capital improvements.
- Platte River Trails Trust, four-year community trails plan.
- Casper Community Greenhouse Project.
- Community Health Center of Central Wyoming, mobile health care.
- Casper Elks Lodge No. 1353, Americans With Disabilities Act entryway remodel.
- Casper Mountain Biathlon Club, biathlon and multi-sport complex.
- Casper-Natrona County Health Department.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters, one-to-one mentoring.
- Casper Sports Alliance, event timing systems and start-finish lines.
- The Arc of Natrona County, program support.
On Wednesday, March 18, council will hear from 16 organizations and their proposed projects:
- National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Foundation, exhibit revisions.
- Central Wyoming Senior Services, building renovation.
- Community Action Partnership, human services expansion.
- Central Wyoming Police Athletic League (PAL), programming initiative.
- We Read literacy program, partnership of Casper Star-Tribune, library, school district.
- Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, renovation to the Washington Park band shell, and Pops in the Park music series.
- Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, fighting hunger feeding hope program.
- Poverty Resistance, Casper food pantries.
- Casper Mountain Science School, mountain-ready vehicles.
- Casper Area Chamber of Commerce, upgrades.
- CLIMB Wyoming, job training and placement of low income mothers.
- Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming, representative payeeship program.
- The Science Zone, museum development.
- Little Hands at Life Steps Campus, family journey center,
- Casper Housing Authority, Lifesteps Campus revitalization project.
- Wyoming Food for Thought Project, food sovereignty.