Council approves local business event

Tyler Martineau/lingle guide Fort Laramie Mayor Joyce Evans, left, read a thank you letter from Goshen County Economic Development to Councilwoman Laura Curtsinger for all her work with Planting Roots Preschool.

FORT LARAMIE – The Fort Laramie Town Council approved a community business event during its monthly meeting on Wednesday.

Councilwoman Kelly Loveland attended the meeting via Zoom.

Jennifer Lanier, who works with the town and businesses to put on events, addressed the board about an open house for the five businesses in the area. Lanier said no money was needed by the town to throw the event, but the council just needed to sponsor/sanction the event.

“I work for free [and] the businesses are doing it to help themselves,” Lanier said.

There will also be things for kids at the event such as meeting Santa, a horse-carriage ride, and checking out one of the vehicles from the Volunteer Fire Department. Fire Chief Pete Howes said the weather will determine if they can bring the fire truck or not.

Howes also said the event will also serve as the fire department’s Christmas event.

Lanier mentioned there will be a sixth business coming to town, but the owner has not specified what the business will be.

“We’re promoting it, with her permission, as a mystery business…because she hasn’t told me or anybody that I know of what she’s going to be selling,” Lanier said.

The event will take place on Dec. 4 and will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During discussion items, Mayor Joyce Evans said the veterans flags were not put up because they had no one available to put them up due to illnesses.

Evans said the cement for the basketball court and the playground equipment still need to be finished. Evans added it has been about three weeks since the town has been fully staffed because of the illnesses going around.

Howes gave his report for the fire department. There were two fire calls for 36 hours and two meetings for about 18 hours.

Evans said they received the first approval for the rescue truck application on Wednesday.

The council also discussed the town’s employee policy which needed a few corrections but will now be paying for compensation time instead of overtime. 

In upcoming events, the Goshen County Library’s 100-year celebration will take place on Nov. 16 at 12 p.m., along with the ribbon cutting for the Story Walk in Fort Laramie at 10 a.m. on the same day. 

Before adjourning the meeting, Evans read a thank you card from Goshen County Economic Development to the town and Councilwoman Laura Curtsinger for her all she has done teacher of the Planting Roots Preschool.

The next council meeting will be Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.


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