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New fees for ‘businesses affecting public health’ coming

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CASPER, Wyo. — Campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, tattoo and cosmetic shops could soon be required to pay $25 fees to the City of Casper for health licenses.

The Casper City Council approved an amendment to the Municipal Code on first reading on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The changes would need to pass on two further readings to become official.

“I currently have to pay for four health inspections,” Leah Juarez, who says she owns a cosmetic tattoo business told the Council.

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Juarez says that she thought having to pay for an additional inspection was unnecessary.

Since she operates out of a salon, City Manager Carter Napier said he thought she would not have to get a fifth inspection since salons are already covered under the ordinance, and Juarez said her cosmetic tattoo business was located within her salon business.

Juarez asked whether language could be added to the ordinance to clarify that a tattooist operating in a salon would not need to undergo multiple inspections and pay multiple fees.

Councilwoman Khrystyn Lutz offered a motion to table the discussion to give more time to discuss the issue. That motion failed.

Casper Mayor Charlie Powell suggested that the council ask City Attorney John Henley to look at points in the language to clarify such concerns before the next reading.

Further changes to the same ordinance would eliminate such fees for mobile food vendors. It would eliminate the need for food trucks to undergo health inspections from both the city and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

Other business types would also be removed from listing in the ordinance such as laundries, public showers, dry cleaning and senior care centers.

Casper-Natrona County Health Department Environmental Health Program Manager Ruth Heald has told Oil City that the health department does not have the authority to inspect some of the businesses being stricken from the language.

She added that the health department already inspects things like hotels and tattoo shops.

Further details of the proposed changes are included in the council’s meeting packet.