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VIDEO: Tune in as Casper City Council selects next mayor and vice mayor

Ray Pacheco, left, and Steve Freel are sworn in as vice mayor and mayor, respectively, during a Casper City Council meeting on Jan. 5, 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council will be holding a work session starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 30.

During the work session, the city council will conduct a straw poll to select Casper’s next mayor and vice mayor. While the winners of the straw poll won’t officially become mayor and vice mayor, they will be nominated for official confirmation during the council’s Tuesday, January 4, 2022 regular meeting.

Members of the city council have nominated the following members of council for the position of mayor:

  • Current Mayor Steve Freel
  • Current Vice Mayor Ray Pacheco
  • Council member Steve Cathey

Nominations for vice mayor include:

  • Freel
  • Pacheco
  • Cathey
  • Council member Bruce Knell
  • Council member Lisa Engebretsen

In addition to selecting a new mayor and vice mayor, the city council will also discuss rules for open container nights in downtown Casper for the summer 2022 season. City staff have recommended a variety of adjustments to the rules, including shortening the open container night hours to end at 9 p.m. rather than 10 p.m.

The city council will also discuss a request to grant budget authority to allow the Platte River Trail Trust to utilize some optional one cent (“fifth penny”) sales tax dollars for the Paradise Valley to Robertson Road bridge project. The council has already approved a total of $1.5 million in optional One Cent No. 16 dollars to the Platte River Trails Trust for trails maintenance, new trails and administration to be dispersed over four years from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2023.

The request would not provide additional overall dollars to the Platte River Trails Trust, but would allow the PRTT to begin the bidding process for the project in spring 2022 ahead of the final dispersement of the four-year allocation of One Cent funds occurring on July 1, 2022.

The council will also discuss two sole source purchase requests during the work session. One request is to purchase a custom pumper for the Casper Fire-EMS Department. The second request is to purchase a front-end wheel loader for the solid waste division. Sole source purchases involve the purchase of equipment that can only be provided by one vendor, precluding the possibility for the city to seek competitive bids from multiple vendors.

The council’s full agenda for the work session is available online.

The work session can be streamed via the City of Casper YouTube channel: