Lingle Town Council supports life celebration

Rhett Breedlove/Lingle Guide The Lingle Town Council convenes Wednesday evening for the discussion of upcoming fall business. Pictured from left to right are Councilmembers A.J. Lambert, Kathy Wilhelm, Mayor Al Unverzagt and Micah Foster.

LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council reconvened Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. for the discussion of new business moving forward in the fall.

One noteworthy piece of business pertained to the recent death of Goshen resident, Alicia Rodriguez, who tragically passed away in a traffic accident last Friday.

The council approved a motion to allow a 24-hour catering and malt-beverage permit to the Corner Bar in Lingle, which will be holding a celebration of life in honor of Rodriguez this upcoming Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

It was also discussed among the council the ongoing contractual negotiations with Visionary Broadband, who have begun a vast infrastructure project to bring high speed internet to Goshen County, with Lingle also in the works to participate.

Lingle Attorney, Anna Barnes, gave recent updates to council and community members in attendance.

“With the Visionary contract we went through Gillette and Lusk contracts, and made comparisons of different terms,” Barnes stated. “We have franchise agreements, and in the Gillette contract, they have language that says there is no subletting to franchisees, third parties or different vendors. Lusk required approval of any work done to their poles after Visionary submitted a proposal of what would be done. That would be language I would put into our separate attachment just to remind them. The next term is how much time does Visionary have to accept or decline the agreement we have offered them?”

Barnes also touched based with the council on recent West-Nile Virus concerns and discussed a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with neighboring Goshen County communities.

“Last week, the mayor reached out in doing mosquito spraying for the community,” Barnes continued. “We put together an MOU with Mayor Doby of Torrington, who signed it last night so that we have an executed document. They executed two originals, so that they can now help us with our spraying needs for this season.”

The meeting moved forward with Lingle resident Steve Edwardson reminding the council of the Sept. 16 Scottsbluff Valley Street Rod car show in Torrington.

“What I would like to do is make a quick pitch for a car show coming up,” Edwardson said. “This is special, because this the 50th anniversary of the club, which is especially unique these days.”

The meeting concluded with the Lingle Maintenance Staff, Jeremy Ochsner and Logan Dailey, reminding the city of recent and upcoming continuance projects.

“It’s been a busy week,” Ochsner stated. “The chip-sealing materials are coming Friday. We are trying to get everything ready and cleaned up for when they get here. They already brought their gear in for cleaning and are watering it up. We have safety meetings tomorrow and are busy next week.”

Dailey then added, “The geodome is progressing well at the park. All we have left to do is install the door and then finish with the wrapping on Friday. It’s almost done. We are going to wrap it entirely, and it will be fully functional as soon as we are done. We have also been encouraged to apply for more grants this fall. The state has $21,000 dollars in grants for the purpose of community gardens.”

The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.