Council considering storywalk proposal


LINGLE – Lingle’s Town Council assembled for the first meeting of April on April 7 at 5 p.m. in the Lingle Community Center. The meeting marked the first full-fledged assembly with all staff attending in some time.

Ellen Creager and Goshen County Library Director Cristine Braddy presented a proposal for the council’s consideration. Creager and Braddy said they like the council to consider the installation of a storywalk, similar to Torrington’s.

Braddy said she wanted to extend the library’s services to the other communities within Goshen County and bring awareness to the services offered by the library.

“We now have 94,000 e-books through our Libby App,” Braddy said. “When I look at the data for checkouts, LaGrange has the most…but Lingle is next.”

Braddy said she did know the community was using the services offered by the app, based on the data, but she wanted to discuss the storywalk project.

“We take a book and cut it apart, which is legal,” Braddy said with a laugh. “We laminate these (book pages) and put them on these fantastic metal stands that Rod Hornbeck made for us.”

The metal stands are then sequenced along a walking trail, path or designated way. Those walking the path can then read the book with their child.

Braddy said they change out the books in Torrington on a regular basis, making sure to offer both English and bilingual books for the public’s viewing delight.

“One of the things that we can do as a community is have books that a kid can read in the park as they are playing or as they are going for a walk,” Braddy said.

Creager described the promotion and costs of the storywalk project for Torrington and related the project to Lingle. Creager said Hornbeck had agreed to build all the structures for Lingle and Fort Laramie for free. The costs sheet provided to the council would be the cost of the materials for Hornbeck to make the structures.

Creager also said they would consider looking into grants to help fund the project.

Creager said they would be seeking a volunteer to change out the books within the storywalk, and typically, that volunteer lives in the community.

“I am definitely in support of it,” Denise Jackson said. “I think the park, if there’s a way to make that work, would be the best, and I would love to be the one that changes out the books.”

There was also discussion of putting the storywalk at the school, but concerns arose about whether people would visit the school for the storywalk when the park is the most commonly visited location within Lingle for families who would be interested in the project.

Mayor George Siglin told the council the town was considering the purchase of a roll-down security window for the kitchen in the Lingle Community Center. Siglin noted several instances of people renting the community center and using the kitchen, though it was not a stipulated agreement in the contract.

Siglin said he hopes the curtain will keep people out of the kitchen, but he also offered another alternative. He said it was possible to up the rental fee for the community center and have the renters purchase an agreement to use the entire building.

Siglin did not discuss any proposed prices but did say it would cost the town approximately $8,200 for a roll-down security window.

He also mentioned a recent instance where someone using the facility had placed an adhesive strip on the wall which removed the paint when it was removed. Siglin said it is stipulated in the contract there is to be nothing placed on the walls when using the building.

Heidi Wayland and Tonya Nepper of Wyoming Child and Family Development, Inc., appeared before the council to thank them for their continued support and to inform them of some of the services offered by the organization.

According to Wayland and Nepper, the organization offers screenings for success, child development screenings and early intervention developmental preschool services, plus much more.

“We have supported this program, as you well know, in the past and we will continue to support it in the future,” Siglin said.

Councilman Steve Edwardson informed the council the town had expenses of $88,304.22 with revenues of $103,708.32, making for a margin of $15,404. The total margin for the fiscal year through March 31 is $145,454.82.

The bills were approved unanimously by the council.

The council heard a request from the 307 Sports Bar and Grill for a catering permit. The permit was approved unanimously.

The council discussed two other permit requests, the Daiss permit request and the Winget permit request. Both permits were approved unanimously.

Siglin told the council the Lions Club had contacted him about a nativity scene the town had been given in the past. The Lions Club was aware the nativity was in disrepair and offered to build a new nativity to have put up in the band shell at Whipple Park.

Councilwoman Brandie Cook, Councilman Joe Welte and Edwardson expressed their appreciation to Lingle Town Supervisor Larry Haeffelin for having cleared and removed snow from the streets after the recent snowfall.

Cook said she was delighted with the response by local citizens to step-up and help out the community by removing the snow and working together. She expressed her heart-felt pride in the Lingle community for their efforts to help out their fellow neighbor.

The next meeting of the Lingle Town Council will be April 23 at 5 p.m. in the Lingle Community Center.

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