LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council swore in the new mayor and two council members during the regular meeting on Wednesday.
Al Unverzagt began his duties as mayor along with Katherine Wilhelm and Micah Foster as the new members of the council. Former Mayor George Siglin and former council members Joe Welte and Steve Edwardson congratulated the new members and thanked the town employees for their work.
The first item of business for the new council was public comment from Matt Allred who requested an exception to the ordinance which bans residents from living in a mobile home/RV on one’s property. Allred and his wife are building an addition to his mother-in-law’s house.
Allred said he will not be using a generator and it should only be for about six months. Town Supervisor Larry Haeffelin said there were no issues with allowing the exception.
The council agreed to allow the exception while the addition is being built.
During Fire Chief Kasey Bangerter’s report, there was discussion amongst the council and members of the audience about the tornado sirens and making sure backup protocols are in place in the case of a siren not working or residents being unable to hear it. Bangerter and Police Chief Endra Andrews said they have plans in place to make sure everyone is aware of any potential danger.
Pool Manager Brandi Hill addressed the recent increase in day and night swim prices at the pool and said she has received many complaints since the pool opened on June 1. Hill gave the council a report on the other pools in the area which showed Lingle’s prices were $2 more expensive than any other town.
Hill also said she has already had to cover the cost of two kids who didn’t have enough money to swim.
The council debated whether or not to change the rate of the day swim back to $3 from $5 and ultimately decided to do so. The night swim, however, will remain at $3.
During action items, the council decided to table the third reading of the budget to allow the new council members to become more acquainted with it.
The council approved an ordinance on second reading relating to the town of Lingle setting rates for fuel surcharge for all garbage utility customers along with a malt beverage permit for Wyrulec and liquor licenses to Ty’s Pitstop, Corner Bar and Lira’s.
In other business the council approved the time change of council meetings to 7 p.m. and added Unverzagt to the approved bank signers for the town. The council also discussed foregoing their pay and possibly donating it to other departments such as the pool and the police department.
Unverzagt announced the council was going into executive session before adjourning the meeting. Before moving to executive session, Unverzagt said they would not be taking action and it was for personnel reasons.
The next meeting is June 22 at 7 p.m.