Casper City Council Approves Summer Downtown Open Container Rules
CASPER, Wyo.– The Casper City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday in favor of rules for the summer open container season downtown. Council Member Amber Pollock abstained from voting and Council Members Shawn Johnson and Bruce Knell were absent.
The rules will allow people 21 and older to walk around a designated area of downtown with open containers of alcohol on special event nights. These nights can take place between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday starting on Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day weekend. The map is as follows:
Council member Kyle Gamroth said he doesn’t think the city council has perfected the rules and limits for open container summer events. However, he said he decided not to push for further adjustments with Memorial Day fast approaching. He said he would like to hear feedback from anyone over the next year so this can be taken into account when the council establishes open container rules for summer 2023.
The limits for this summer are similar to those for summer 2021, although the city council has adjusted the limits to allow Black Tooth Brewing to participate.
The Downtown Casper Business Association had requested that the boundaries be expanded to include Frosty’s Bar & Grill as well as retail stores between 1st and 2nd Streets along Center Street, but these requests were denied by the City Council. The Nicolaysen Art Museum also expressed interest in being included in the open container zone, but was also excluded.
The rules no longer require participating liquor establishments to use labeled containers during open container parties, but instead require the use of designated wristbands. Participating establishments, which can only include businesses with retail, microbrewery, or liquor distillery licenses in the Open Container Zone, will need to purchase wristbands through the Casper City Clerk’s Office in order to participate. explains a memo from city staff.
The Casper Police Department is budgeting about $36,000 in overtime to staff open container nights. This is the approximate cost of four agents working overtime on 12 open container nights throughout the summer for a total of 720 overtime hours, according to the memo. Overtime pay varies by Event Agent.
Instead of having city staff go out and post open container boundary signs and remove those signs weekly after events, the city plans to install semi-permanent signs at the limits of the container zone. open containers to reduce personnel costs. time, according to the note.