After months of debate and listening to public input, the Laramie City Council is slated today to review the final reading of several proposed changes to the city’s sidewalk snow removal ordinance.
First discussed in November, the changes to the ordinance could grant Laramie’s Code Enforcement Division the ability to abate noncompliant residents after several notices have been issued.
Residents could also be required to clear sidewalks by 9 a.m. the day after a snow event has ended instead of the current 24-hour period allotted to clear snow after a snow event.
Laramie Police Department Police Chief Dale Stalder could also present the city’s Bias Crime Report during the council’s regular meeting.
The report is the result of an ordinance approved by the City Council in 2000, mandating the LPD create a yearly report of all bias-related crimes investigated by the department.
The FBI defines a hate crime, or bias crime, as “a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity.”
According to data from the Laramie/Albany County Records & Communications Records Unit, seven bias crimes have been reported since 2004: one in 2004, two in 2005, two in 2006, one in 2010 and one in 2011. Of those seven crimes, four involved race, two involved sexual orientation and one involved cross-dressing.
During the meeting, the council could also review the first reading of a proposed ordinance annexing approximately 6 acres of property at 2931 Soldier Springs Road.
The annexation was requested by the property owner, Sigma-Aldrich, RTC Inc., according to city documents.
The Laramie City Council regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 406 Ivinson Ave.