LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council convened for their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the Lingle Community Center.
At the meeting, Mayor George Siglin reported to the council that he had amended the town’s tobacco ordinance and would be providing the new ordinance to the council at a future meeting so it could be voted on.
“Basically, all it does is put us in compliance, because our old ordinance still reads 18 and it should be 21,” Siglin said.
Wyoming’s legislature adopted a bill in March 2020 which raised Wyoming’s legal age to possess, use and purchase tobacco, nicotine and nicotine delivery products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age. The law resulting from the bill took effect July 1, 2020.
Siglin asked the council to also consider looking at some of the older town ordinances as it was likely some of them were out of date and needed updated.
“I don’t know how old some of the ordinances are in this town. I know probably some are still dated back from 1918,” Siglin said. “If we want to start looking at them, we should look at them, change them and get them updated.”
Siglin also asked the council to consider inspecting the town’s personnel manual and addressing any amendments needed there.
In other news, Councilman Steve Edwardson provided the council with the month’s financial report. According to Edwardson, the town of Lingle had expended $82,058.19 with revenues amounting to $92,627.87, thus providing a margin of $10,565.64 for the previous month. Edwardson said that figure brings the fiscal year margin to $51,062.41.
Siglin told the council the state had extended the mask mandate to Jan. 25 but had rescinded the order for the early closure of bars and restaurants. The new order, taking effect Jan. 9 permits bars and restaurants to be open until 2 a.m., if they so desire.
The council would like to extend their gratitude to the Lingle Volunteer Fire Department for driving their decorated fire trucks around the town of Lingle for the Christmas Eve holiday.
“You guys did a great job,” Siglin said.
The council decided to refrain from convening for a second meeting in January. Due to the change, the next meeting of the Lingle Town Council will be Feb. 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. in the Lingle Community Center.