CASPER, Wyo. — The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps are seeking permission from the City of Casper to build flowerbeds at Fort Caspar Museum. The flowerbeds would facilitate a fundraising program for the marching band.
“The Troopers would ask donors for funds and in exchange, the Troopers would plant flowers in the beds on their behalf and put their name on a plaque to memorialize the gift to the organization,” Casper Parks and Recreation Director Tim Cortez explains in a memo to the city council.
Since the flowerbeds would likely become a semi-permanent feature of the grounds at Fort Caspar, Cortez said city staff wanted council’s direction regarding the request.
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“The Troopers do have a long-standing and positive relationship with Fort Caspar,” he adds. “Staff likes the thought and the fact that the Troopers have committed they will do all the infrastructure and maintenance associated with the project.”
City Manager Carter Napier told the city council during their Tuesday, July 28 work session that the request from the Troopers, who are a nonprofit organization, comes as they struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted the Troopers act as ambassadors for Casper when traveling for performances across the country. City Attorney John Henley explained that the proposed agreement with the Troopers would include a sunset provision that would allow them to accept donations for the flower beds for a maximum of 12 years.
Mayor Steve Freel said he would like the agreement to include a provision that the Troopers would need to restore the grounds to their original condition if they discontinue the flower bed project at some point.
Henley noted that the council adopted a policy in Sept. 2019 that outlines how gifts and donations can be accommodated on public properties. He said the agreement with the Troopers would fall within those guidelines.
Napier said that the Troopers have a long time connection with Fort Caspar and this coupled with the ambassadorship the Troopers provide for the community lead him to recommend the council support the request.
Council indicated they support the city moving forward with an agreement to allow the Troopers to move forward with the project.
If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:
Mayor Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 259-1276
Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 359-3673
Councilman Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 577-6042
Councilman Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 337-5057
- (307) 277-7377
Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 473-1247
Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 262-8237
Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 472-1837
Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 266-4188
Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 258-1226
Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601
If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.