Council moves to selection process to fill vacancy


LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council will now select an applicant for its vacant council after the window for applications to the position closed Wednesday.

“We’ll get together and probably have a special meeting to see who wants to get on,” said Mayor George Siglin.

In the meantime, Councilmember Brandie Cook took an oath of office at the council’s July 8 meeting. Cook has been serving since she was appointed by the council on Oct. 9, 2019 to replace Paula Newcomb, who resigned. But this term is her first as an elected official, she said.

“I’m honored that it was an election, last time it was an application,” Cook told The Lingle Guide. “I was honored that the town voted for me. I love being involved, I love having a chance to contribute, I love our little town.”

Officials praised the town for its conduct during the Fourth of July weekend, which Police Chief Endra Andrews described as “the best one I’ve had in 11 years.

“No incidents, everyone was done on time, it was wonderful,” Andrews said.

Siglin praised the community for taking proper precautions, including social distancing, wearing masks in crowds and washing their hands to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“Everybody is well aware in the last 10 days we’ve had three new cases in Goshen County,” Siglin said. “They’ve all been towns around us, so let’s do our part.”

The financial impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic is one the state will be dealing with in the future.

“I have a feeling next year’s going to be really tough. And the year after,” Siglin said. “I hope it doesn’t trickle down to us where we’ll have to make some cuts or slash our budget.”

In other business:

ν Chief Andrews reported 67 incidents in June.

ν The department is seeking donations from businesses and other entities for the upcoming Harley Mark Memorial Golf Tournament.

ν Lingle Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kasey Bangerter reported 10 ambulance calls and eight fires in June.

ν Bangerter proposed celebrating the department’s 100th year with an outdoor event in September, which will be determined based on the progression of COVID-19.

“I know it’s the 100-year deal but we don’t want to push it,” Siglin said. “We don’t want to be part of the problem. We want to be part of the solution.”

ν LVFD also awarded a Mineral Royalty Grant to fund a new ambulance, Bangerter said.

ν The council unanimously passed the motion for Attorney Anna Barnes to acquire the Maypark property for the town.

ν Barnes is waiting for an addendum to Visionary Broadband’s contract before they can begin installing new poll attachments.

ν Pool manager Brandi Hill will need to fill the assistant manager position come August.

ν The council approved a malt beverage permit for Wyrulec Company

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