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Casper City Council has option to reconsider Plains sale

Councilman Ken Bates admires the mosaic tiles in the old Plains Furniture building during a tour on March 15, 2019. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — With the sale of former Plains Furniture and adjacent properties failing on a tie vote, the Casper City Council could potentially reconsider the issue on another vote.

City Manager Carter Napier said he thinks that the Robert’s Rules of Order, which guides the actions of the city council, would allow a motion to bring the failed purchase agreement back before council.

Napier said he thinks it is most likely that council will wait a while until the city gets more interest in the properties.

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Nevertheless, should a member of the public ask for the issue to be reconsidered at a council meeting or if a council member asked to bring it back up, he says that may be something that could happen.

What that would specifically look like is unclear. Napier said that he’s never seen it done and the city would have to look more closely at the rules about how to go about that should the council express interest in bringing the item back up.

While the vote tied 4-4 with Councilman Steve Freel abstaining, at least two of the no-votes appeared to be somewhat last minute decisions.

Vice Mayor Shawn Johnson said during the discussion preceding Tuesday’s vote that he had been against the city purchasing all the Plains and adjacent properties for $3 million in the first place.

He initially indicated that he might vote yes on the purchase agreement but voted against it in the end, saying the amount of money the city stood to lose was too much.

The properties involved in the deal were appraised at about $1.2 million. The agreement with FLAG would have sold them for $500,000.

Councilwoman Khyrstyn Lutz initially said that appraised values were less important than what the market dictates.

In the end, however, she also voted against the authorizing the purchase agreement.