Spiker Parking Garage photo

Jack Spiker Parking Facility in downtown Cheyenne.

On April 26, the City Council adopted a resolution setting design standards, naming, memorial, and gifting policy for buildings.

The action creates a standardized policy improving the efficiency and contiguity for design standards, naming, memorials, and giftings in the city.

Councilman Dr. Mark Rinne addressed a section of the report addressing naming buildings for an exceptional individual and said the renaming shouldn’t happen until the person has been dead for at least two years.

"I would not like to follow that practice," he said. "We have named parks and parking garages after past mayors. I understand the rationale for it, I would like to move to amend that we delete that line."

Councilwoman Dr. Michelle Aldrich wanted to know if two years is an arbitrary number.

Community and Recreation Events Director Teresa Moore said they used to wait seven years before renaming a building after an exceptional person.

"When we had the interest of Councilmen Hook and Esquivel, we reduced it to two years," she said. "This was a document that was done 10 years ago. We looked at several different documents and compiled them. This was a very complicated component. People had an experience when they named a building after someone, and eventually, they had to go back and un-named it."

She cited the Shane Smith Conservatory and Spiker Garage that are named after people who are not deceased.

"I understand the concern, and I know that other governmental agencies in our community do limit it to people who are deceased," Aldrich said. "

She feels there's some wisdom in not naming future projects, from this point forward, with people who are living.

Councilman Ken Esquibel said when he was little, they named a field after one of his coaches.

"They waited until he died before they did that," he said. "If they had done it before he died, he would have been able to see it. I think that's important. In this case, I would support the amendment."

Rinne said he's always voted no on things because they didn't have a policy.

"I'm not sure I like this one all that well," he said. "There are some good points in this, so I am going to support this."

Esquibel reminded the group that Cheyenne has a deep, storied past.

"You drive around Cheyenne, and you see things that are named after people," he said. "The other night, I was watching a movie, and there was going to have to be a sacrifice in order for civilization to continue."

In a movie, one of the actors told them to look at the bright side,  "we'll all have high schools named after us."

"In Cheyenne, we name them after directions, but we name them," he said. "We name fields after coaches. Those are the people, besides your parents, who make the biggest impact on your lives when you're growing up."

The item passed and takes effect June 1.