Fire department to host street dance Aug. 20

LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council convened for their second meeting of July on Wednesday evening. Mayor Al Unverzagt, Councilmembers A.J. Lambert, Kathy Wilhelm, Brandie Cook and Micah Foster were present for the meeting.

Tabitha Lambert, a member of the Lingle Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD), presented a request to the council to hold a street dance on Aug. 20 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Lambert said the department is planning to host the dance as a fundraiser celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the department, despite the 100th anniversary having occurred in 2020.

Lambert explained a celebration in years prior had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will have a cordoned off area for those 21 and older to consume alcohol and the Corner Bar will be required to restrict access to their business to those 21 and older. Glass bottles will not be permitted outside the bar.

LVFD volunteers will be going around with a boot to collect donations for the department while the Cheyenne band “Eclectic Cause” performs.

According to “Eclectic Cause’s” website, they offer “Cheyenne’s most ‘Eclectic’ line up of tunes. Shaggy Barton pulls double duty on lead vocals and behind the drum kit, Larry ‘Grape Ape’ Hallam shreds the axe, and Roger Madriz thumps the bass line and tickles the ivories on keyboard. Alan Jackson to ZZ Top and loads more you’ll find in between.”

The council unanimously approved the department to host the event.

Town Supervisor Larry Haeffelin, Police Chief Endra Andrews, Pool Manager Brandi Hill and Clerk/Treasurer Ritch Reyes reported operations had been going well in their respective departments.

Fire Chief Kasey Bangerter was absent, but Councilman Lambert provided a report on his behalf.

Lambert said the fire department had recently acquired an old fire engine from Mike Varney at a recent auction. The fire engine was originally used by LVFD until it was decommissioned and sold at auction to Varney, who collected the truck in his historic vehicle’s collection.

Lambert also reported LVFD would be frying hamburgers for “Community in the Park,” set for Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. “Community in the Park” is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Lingle-Fort Laramie Lions Club.

“Community in the Park” will feature an open swim at the swimming pool, hamburgers, ice cream and other activities.

Hill said the pool would also be hosting a screening of “The Bad Guys,” an animated film about “Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals (who) attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way,” according to

Prior to the film, the pool will host an open swim from 5-8 p.m. sponsored by Rep. Shelly Duncan.

Reyes reported the town’s municipal code had been updated both in print and online. To view the town’s municipal codes, visit

Reyes presented an annual service contract renewal for the copier utilized by the town office. After discussion, the council decided to wait on approving the contract and consider leasing a new copier as Reyes said the current copier is “well-aged.”

Wilhelm proposed the town look into doing a more thorough audit, one which would exceed the requirements set forth by the state. She said the people who have done the audit in the past won’t be doing it anymore and the council is looking to contract with a new agency for auditing purposes.

Wilhelm felt this would be an ideal opportunity to consider the depth of future audits for the town.

The next meeting of the Lingle Town Council will be Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Lingle Community Center located at 233 Main Street.

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