Lingle council considers replacing ambulance, eliminating baby pool


LINGLE – The town’s ambulance needs repairs and the council is considering a replacement vehicle.

“We had it die on a cardiac scene the other day. It could have been bad,” Tabitha Lambert of the Lingle Volunteer Fire Department told council members. “We made a committee to start doing some fundraising and finding grants for a new ambulance.”

Lambert estimated a new ambulance would cost $142,000. She said Lingle’s vehicle also covers Ft. Laramie, Torrington, and Lusk occasionally.

“I was thinking of the other rural departments like Jay Em – if it comes down to actually doing some fundraising - send the patrons a letter and say, ‘would anyone care to donate?’” said Council Member Greg Asa.

Lambert said she may talk with the Banner Health Foundation to determine if they would be willing to partially fund a new vehicle.

Bye-bye baby pool

Town Supervisor Larry Haeffelin said he would prefer to remove the non-functional baby pool this fall. The only cost to the town would be the labor, Haeffelin said.

Pool Manager Brandi Hill asked if the town could convert the pool instead into a splash pad, which children could run through similarly to sprinklers.

Haeffelin said the concept would be something to research, adding, “It would have to have a drain because the water would be running into the street and the grass. We’d have to connect water and sewer.”

He suggested that a splash pad might be better on the north side of the pool, where there are swings in need of replacement.

“We could also cement it in and make it a tanning area for all of the people who come and lay out,” Hill said of the baby pool. “I just know that recently, we’ve had about 15 people. They pay to get into the pool and then they lay out and tan.”

Hill said Sept. 22 is the closing date for the pool this season. She praised the three college lifeguards she has on staff, saying, “usually at this point I’m running it by myself except on weekends.”

Other business

The council approved an expenditure of $114,743 for the community center under construction. The payment to the contractor was a little over half of the month’s total bills. It comes on the heels of another $127,432 for the building approved in August.

Mayor George Siglin said Fisher Roofing and Restoration wants to repair the town hall roof sometime in October to prevent winter leaks. The building sustained damage in the hailstorm of July 5.

Siglin asked town staff to compare community center rental prices from surrounding municipalities. Lingle’s community center is on track to open in December, and Siglin suggested that $100 to rent the entire facility would be a “jumping off point” for discussion.

Town hall is open to applications for a vacancy on the council. The person chosen to fill the seat of Paula Newcomb, who resigned last month, will serve until the next election. Interested parties must be Wyoming residents who have lived in Lingle for at least one year. They must have a valid Wyoming driver’s license and be a registered voter. The council will appoint a new member at its Oct. 9 meeting, after all letters of interest are submitted.

The next council meeting will occur on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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