CASPER, Wyo. — A Denver-based firm will take over management of the City of Casper’s downtown parking garage on Wolcott and the parking lot at 106 South Center Street starting Sept. 1.
The Casper City Council approved a four year contract with Republic Parking, LLC during their Tuesday, Aug. 4 meeting. The city’s contract with Casper’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to manage the parking facilities will expire on Aug. 31.
Republic was selected to take over management ahead of the DDA and another Denver-based firm called Interstate Parking. Republic’s contract will expire June 30, 2024.
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Councilman Charlie Powell said that he thought the council’s choice was a reflection of the strength of Republic’s proposal and specialized focus on parking rather than a reflection of the DDA’s management.
“It is a much better facility now then it was when the DDA took it over, he said.
Community Development Director Liz Becher noted that the DDA helped get reflective lights and the public bathrooms added to the parking garage facility.
Representatives from Republic told the city council that the company would focus on collaborating with the city and others in the community, noting that they had been meeting with city staff and organizations like the DDA to prepare to take over management of the facilities.
Republic will be required to pay the city a $4,000 annual lease under the contract. The contract also includes a profit sharing clause. If revenues reach $160,000 in a year, Republic would contribute a 30% revenue share “of gross parking revenue generated” to the city.
Community Development Director Liz Becher explained to the council during a work session that a committee including herself, Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz, Finance Director Tom Pitlick and Buildings and Structures Manager Matt Thomason evaluated the proposals and conducted interviews with the three candidates.
Republic Parking scored the highest, followed by Interstate Parking with the Casper DDA coming in third. Details of the council’s work session discussion of who should be selected to manage the parking facilities are available in this article.
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.