Council discusses senior center, tax initiative

Lingle Major Al Unverzagt reviews the night’s agenda shortly before Wednesday night’s meeting. Rhett Breedlove/Lingle Guide

LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council met in session promptly at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening for the discussion of recent town matters, and plans for the upcoming winter.

Lingle Mayor, Al Unverzagt, was in attendance along with fellow council members A.J. Lambert, Kathy Wilhelm, Micah Foster and Brandie cook.

The first order of business pertained to routine town upkeep matters, with maintenance staff Jeremy Ochsner and Logan Dailey addressing the council.

“We passed our monthly water sample, and we have a safety meeting tomorrow in Guernsey,” Ochsner began. “Not a lot of other big things going on at this time. We are still working with moving things around.”

“I handed all of you a quote from All Traffic Solutions,” Dailey continued. “I was asked by the mayor to look into the speed signs and looked at different options. Lusk uses the same company. This was one of the more affordable options I saw, which is relative because they can be pricey. We had discussed getting maybe one or two of them and trying to get them out and see how they work. The question is should we come up with the money, or with a grant? This group sounds pretty customizable. That was something to consider and take a look at, and something we have been looking at.”

Lingle Police Chief Endra Andrews added to the idea of new town speed signs, which had been a source of concern among Lingle residents throughout the entire course of the summer.

“If we present and provide this to the state, we may have some good luck,” Andrews stated. “The pedestrian sign is not to be in the road. They are becoming expectant by travelers, because they are at every place. I don’t think we will have a problem with the state if we present it graciously. The last time we did a speed analysis, they actually said they wished they had such speed compliance in all towns. Data collection is always good because the state cannot do anything without data collection, and it keeps them from having to come out with their clickers and count cars. I don’t think they will have a problem if we are nice about it, and it should all be good.”

Dailey moved forward discussing the Lingle Senior Center, which has been a topic of priority for the Council for several months.

“The senior center is done and we got that about a week ago. We did a walk through with the contractor and the staff was pleased. The only thing I have heard is that the fans are too loud.”

The room was met with some slight chuckling at the comment, yet all remained understanding and supportive.

The meeting continued on with the discussion of possible tax reduction, which soon could have some effect on the community of Lingle.

Aaron Walsh of the Lingle Fire Department expressed concern that although tax reduction can be beneficial to residents, it can have major issues with budgeting in the long run.

“We do have a concern of the community property tax initiative,” Walsh said. “It’s great that it’s going to be reduced, but I can foresee some issues with budgeting. It’s something that is a little concerning for special districts. There are 3,000 signatures on a petition for legislation on this issue. The county itself will have a $600,000 reduction level.”

The meeting adjourned roughly around 6:45 p.m. for the evening.

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