LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council convened for a regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in the Lingle Community Center. Councilman A.J. Lambert and Councilwoman Brandie Cook were absent from the meeting.
Mayor George Siglin introduced the third and final readings of ordinance Nos. 350 and 351.
Ordinance No. 350 was originally introduced to the council to update the existing ordinance regarding tobacco and nicotine delivery product possession, use and sale.
The Wyoming legislature amended Title 14, Chapter 3 of Wyoming’s statutes in July 2020, raising the legal age to possess, use and transact in tobacco and nicotine delivery products to 21 years of age.
Ordinance No. 351 amended the fireworks ordinance for the town of Lingle to allow fireworks to be discharged on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. In addition, Lingle residents will be able to discharge fireworks July 3-5 from noon to midnight.
The council unanimously approved the final readings of ordinances No. 350 and 351. The ordinances will be posted in Lingle’s Town Hall for the next 10 days, prior to taking effect.
Councilman Steve Edwardson presented the bills for the month of February. Edwardson said the town had a total expense value of $93,274.31, revenue of $97,852.77, a February margin of $4,578.46 and a fiscal year margin of $130,050.82.
Siglin called for a vote after a motion and second to approve the bills, and the bills were unanimously approved.
Clerk Ritch Reyes told the council he had submitted a renewal for liability insurance that was due in May as he already possessed all the required information to complete the renewal.
Edwardson later told Reyes he had not received a copy of the town’s newsletter since the fall edition. Reyes told Edwardson the town’s treasurer, Nakisha Garner, had not yet finished the winter edition, but said it would be out soon.
Siglin told the council the town had received a $30 dollar dividend from Wyrulec as the town is a shareholder in the company and Wyrulec had increased profits allowing for the dividends.
Siglin also reported an economic impact study had been conducted throughout the state. The study showed the state and town had taken a big hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the report showed the state is slowly climbing back up.
In other news, Siglin said the town and Rural Fire District had previously established a Joint Powers Board. The board recently convened and determined it was not cost-effective to allow the board to continue its existence. Siglin said the board had “outlived its purpose.”
In place of the board, the two entities have signed a mutual memorandum of understanding allowing continued cooperation between the entities without the costly maintenance of a board.
Additionally, Siglin said the money remaining in the board’s account was split in half with one half going to the town and one half and one penny going to the fire district. All of the vehicle’s titled under the board will now be titled under the Town of Lingle.
There will not be a second meeting of the Lingle Town Council for March. The next meeting of the Lingle Town Council will be Wednesday, April 7, at 5 p.m.