Lingle town council discusses fuel pump theft

Rhett Breedlove/Torrington Telegram Members of the Lingle Town Council review the evening’s agenda concerning recent acts of theft and vandalism, town maintenance, summer pool employment and the upcoming coyote hunt.

LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council met at the Community Center for the mandatory discussion of town business, both old and new Wednesday evening.

Mayor Al Unverzagt was present along with council members AJ Lambert, Kathy Wilhelm and Micah Foster.

Council member Brandie Cook was unable to attend.

A noteworthy topic which came up pertained to possible vandalism and theft at the Lingle-Fort Laramie High School.

Lingle Chief of Police Endra Andrews addressed the issue promptly before the council.

“I am still at the school, and we had somebody cut the chain off of the fuel pumps at the school and stole 36 gallons of diesel,” Andrews said. “So, I’m investigating that, and am working with Fort Laramie on that one.”

Andrews did not have any further comments regarding that issue at this time.

The council continued further with an obligatory discussion of town maintenance matters. While Lingle Maintenance Head Jeremy Ochsner was unable to attend, staff member Logan Dailey addressed various upkeep topics.

“First off thank you very much to Ritch [Reyes],” Dailey said in regard to Lingle’s Town Clerk. “He is chasing down leads to the monument, so hopefully we can make some decisions on what we can do with that. The monument [repairs] are still in progress. I have a quote here from Culligan Water, and we inquired about a softener for the Community Center. There are two options; you can purchase one or rent one. For the rental they would come, fill it up, maintain it and keep it going. They do a monthly route to come in and inspect it. So I will look into that and see what they offer. I also submitted a grant for an AED at the senior center, which they do need. I will be at the next meeting, and we will know on that AED next month. The only thing I have left was the community garden. I’m still working on that, and will start hauling in rock probably tomorrow. I can get the floor in and start working on top of that.”

The council thereafter made it a point to be remindful of the upcoming Coyote Hunt, which is to take place on February 23 and 24. There will be options of three man teams which will require a 300 dollar fee, as well as an individual category requiring a 100 dollar fee. Again there will be a check in and chili feed at the Lingle Fire Hall, and the rules meeting will be a mandatory requirement.

“We are doing this as a fundraiser so it will be an 80/20,” Dailey stated. “80 percent will got to the fire department, and 20 will go to the winners. There will also be 20 dollar raffle tickets.”

“It’s also on our Facebook page,” Lambert added. “We will probably have them no later than two weeks out, and the night of the event you can pick them up.”

Although with winter still in full force, the council quickly brought up matters of the town pool; particularly hoping to get summer pool staff hired sooner rather than later.

“The first thing we will do is advertise for the pool manager and assistant manager,” Mayor Unverzagt said. “We will advertise on February 2, and will do so again on February 16. The deadline for the applicants will be February 20 at 4 p.m., and then on February 28 we will have interviews for all applications that we received here at the Community Center at 5:30 p.m.”

Shortly before the adjournment of the meeting, council member Wilhelm noted the extensive hard work and courtesy of the Lingle maintenance staff.

“One of our residents met with me and gave Logan and Jeremy props for their very conscientious efforts,” Wilhelm stated. “Kudos guys. Over at the park where the state buries the intersection, I really like how you guys pushed it all the way to the alley. Kudos again to you guys, so now it’s not blocking everyone’s vision and making ramps for kids.”

Wilhelm’s statement was met with light chuckling as the meeting adjourned at 6:43 p.m.

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