Lingle council opts in to veterans’ banner program

LINGLE – Council members decided at their Wednesday, Aug. 7 meeting that Lingle will participate in a tribute initiative for Goshen County servicemembers.

The Goshen County Veterans Banner Program will cost the town $250. In exchange, the Goshen County Main Street Program will display banners depicting an individual resident service member from local street lamps.

“When they’re done hanging for two years, the individual gets that banner,” Mayor George Siglin said. “They’re trying to get it set up this year for Veterans Day, but they realized it’s going to be close.”

A letter from the Goshen County Main Street Program explained that any money in excess of the banners’ production costs will return to each veteran’s municipality to assist with other Main Street projects.

The council approved the expenditure 4-0, with Council Member Greg Asa absent.

Stern words from chief

At the conclusion of her report, Police Chief Endra Andrews abruptly issued a stern statement to the dozen other people in the room.

“Just a little reminder: I may look like this,” she said, gesturing to her pregnant stomach, “and I may be spending a lot of time in my office. However, I still have authority to warn, cite, and arrest as needed.”

Speaking slowly and emphatically, she added, “just because people don’t see me doesn’t mean that I don’t exist and am not capable of doing my duties.”

A momentary silence punctuated the report.

After the meeting, Andrews explained that her warning was directed toward at least one person who doubted her official prerogatives.

“I do know that the sheriff had to explain to somebody the other day that I can still request them to follow the rules, whether I’m in uniform or not,” she said.

The chief, standing outside town hall in civilian clothes, squinted at the passing vehicles. 

“I am still a certified officer whether I am in uniform, in my patrol car driving around looking for traffic, or whether I’m sitting in my office in street clothes.”

She searched for a way to soften her pointed message from inside the meeting. 

“I guess the whole thing is, you may not see me, but I’m still here. Maybe that’s a nice way of putting it,” she said.

Recreation news

Pool Manager Brandi Hill announced that the town has enough money to purchase a movable handicap chair lift. She mentioned that the vendor will give the town a $1,500 discount off the normal price of $7,200. More than half of the money will come from a grant from the Community Health Care Foundation, and the remainder is the result of a community fund drive.

Hill also said that the town had fixed a sink at the park to mitigate leaks. 

Finally, the planned movie in the park for Aug. 8 had been canceled due to Fair Day. The new date will be Saturday, Aug. 10 and will feature “Toy Story.”

Other items

In other business, Siglin appointed Council Member Steve Edwardson as mayor pro tem, whose responsibility is to fill in for the mayor in his absence.

Siglin announced his desire to hold a council work session for updates to the employee handbook.

Edwardson pointed out that the largest expenditure for July was $127,432.80 to Norb Olind Construction for the community center under construction downtown.

The council will need to hire an attorney to represent the town for upcoming court cases, the soonest of which is an arraignment on Aug. 15.


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