Council to reimburse motorcycle parade organizers insurance costs

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council decided to reimburse motorcycle parade organizers for insurance costs the City required they purchase.

During the meeting City Attorney John Henley suggested some possible amendments to Casper’s Parade Ordinance to avoid a lack of clarity moving forward.

One such change would be to add into the ordinance references to the City’s Special Events Planning Guide.

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Henley presented his suggestions to the City Council during their Tuesday, July 9 work session. He said that his proposals would help clarify some possible inconsistencies in rules pertaining to parades.

Organizers of a May motorcycle parade have objected to some of the reguulations, with Casper citizen Paul Paad stating that rules in the Municipal Code should overrule the City’s Special Events Planning Guide since that guide was passed by resolution whereas the code is established via ordinance.

Henley said that he thought this was not the case, saying that the only requirement was that ordinances and resolutions be “harmonized.”

Councilman Steve Freel said that if the Municipal Code and the Special Events Guide were not harmonized when the motorcycle parade permit was issued, he didn’t think they should have to pay for insurance that the City required them to purchase.

He recommended Council reimburse the motorcycle parade organizers and then clarify the ordinance. Council voted to agree with his suggestion.

Henley said that while there may be some inconsistencies between the Special Events Guide and the ordinance, the group still was able to hold their parade and these inconsistencies did not relate directly to insurance requirements.

City Manager Carter Napier said the insurance cost the motorcycle group about $260.

Henley’s proposed amendments would address some of the possible inconsistencies which he has outlined for the Council in a memo. He told the Council on Tuesday that he didn’t think there was anything inappropriate about how the motorcycle parade was regulated.

One proposal would amend the parade ordinance to read: “An application for a parade permit shall be filed pursuant to Casper’s Special Events Planning Guide and Policy.”

While another place in the ordinance would still state that parade permit fees may not be collected, Henley proposes amending it to include the following language: “fees and charges to help pay for staff time and overtime and the requirements for insurance, as set forth in Casper’s Special Events Planning Guide and Policy shall be collected and obtained as required therein.”

Another possible change to the ordinance so that the Special Events Planning Guide would establish the timeline for which parade permit applications need to be filed.

Henley also proposes amending the appeals process in the ordinance. His suggestion would allow people to file appeals if they are denied a parade permit within three days or receiving notification of the denial.

The City Council would then consider the appeal at their next regular work session or meeting.

There are other language changes included in Henley’s proposal. He said that the changes would help harmonize the ordinance with the Special Events Guide policy.

The City Council will review Henley’s proposal and discuss it during their next work session.