City Council to consider creating ‘Mayor’s Council for People with Disabilities’

Incoming council members Steve Freel and Kenneth Bates take the oath of office from mayor Ray Pacheco on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Casper City Council will discuss the possibility of creating a Mayor’s Council for People with Disabilities during their Tuesday, March 12 work session.

Casper citizen LeAnn Rogers suggested the idea, according to a memo from City Manager Carter Napier included in Council’s work packet. Rogers suggested Casper create a disability council similar to one Cheyenne has.

“The Cheyenne Council for Disabilities is described as an advisory board to their City Council on the problems and concerns of people with disabilities as they relate to activities of daily living, including: employment, recreation, transportation, architectural accessibility, disability awareness and education and other areas of concern to people with disabilities,” the memo reads.

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Rogers has met with City staff, Mayor Charlies Powell and previous mayors to discuss the idea, according to the memo. Casper officials have also been in touch with Cheyenne to explore the possibility.

Council is set to discuss the possibility during their work session. If they decide they want to create the advisory council, that would occur at a later date since official decisions generally do not take place during work sessions.