Parade rules to see amendments

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CASPER, Wyo. — The City Council is likely to begin the process of amending the Parade Ordinance on August 6.

During their Tuesday, July 16 meeting, Council will look to establish that date as the first public hearing for the changes. Votes on three readings are required before the changes would be enacted.

In addition to some changes to the Parade Ordinance, City Attorney John Henley said in a memo that Council may want to revisit the Special Events Planning Guide as well, to reflect the TIPS training requirements in Casper.

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During the July 9 work session, Council decided to reimburse the cost of insurance that organizers of a May motorcycle parade were asked to purchase.

City Attorney John Henley also 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.

He said that his proposals would help clarify some possible inconsistencies in rules pertaining to parades.

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 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 would make it 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.

To review all of the proposed amendments, access the Council’s Tuesday meeting packet.