After causing vehicle damage, county addressing Rotary Park gate malfunction

(Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Rotary Park at the base of Casper Mountain is open year-round, but closes to the public from dusk until dawn.

A gate leading into and out of the park is meant to open automatically to allow vehicles inside the park to get out after it has closed.

Two weeks ago, a vehicle owner filed a claim against Natrona County after the gate closed on the vehicle.

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Citizen Douglas Irvine asked about the gate during a Natrona County Parks Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12. He said that a box containing the means to open and close the gate has been unlocked, allowing people to get into the park after hours.

County Attorney Eric Nelson pointed to the claim from the vehicle owner against the county. He said there was a problem with the optical sensor used to open the gate automatically from within.

Nelson said that the county’s risk analyst was looking into the malfunction and to provide recommendation on what needs to be done.

“We are in the process of addressing that,” he said.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Nelson said that NC Road & Bridge Supervisor Mike Haigler was in charge of addressing the issue with the unlocked control box.

Haigler and Nelson are taking over some Parks Department duties as the county looks to replace former Parks Director Matt Buhler.

Haigler was not in the office on Tuesday to respond to Oil City’s questions about the gate.

Irvine also suggested the county install more dog waste stations in the park due to pet owners not picking up their animals’ feces.