LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council convened for their first meeting of July on Wednesday. Mayor Al Unzervagt, Councilmembers Kathy Wilhelm, A.J. Lambert and Micah Foster were present. Councilmember Brandie Cook was absent.
Brandi Hill, pool manager for the Town of Lingle, reported summer events are in full swing, and she is looking forward to July 16’s “Splish Splash Pool and Park Bash.” The event will take place at Whipple Park and the Lingle Pool beginning at 10 a.m.
The event will feature vendors, games, face painting, bouncy houses, volleyball, cornhole and free swim. The free swim is courtesy of the Elks.
In addition to the “Splish Splash Pool and Park Bash,” the pool will be hosting a movie screening of “Sing 2” on July 9 at 9 p.m., a junior/senior high school swim from 7-9 p.m. on July 13, a movie screening of “Bad Guys” on July 23 at 9 p.m., a movie screening of “Dog” on July 30 at 9 p.m., a movie screening of “Spiderman No Way Home” on Aug. 6 at 9 p.m., a “Glow Swim” on Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. and possibly a movie, another junior/senior high school swim on Aug. 16 from 7-9 p.m. and a final movie screening on Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. The movie has not yet been decided for Aug. 13 and Aug. 16.
Hill requested a malt beverage permit for July 16 from noon to 6 p.m. for the “Splish Splash Pool and Park Bash.” The permit was previously considered, but exact times were not provided. The council approved the permit after Hill provided them with exact times for the event.
Stormy Aipperspach presented a request to shut down Sixth Street from the alley by her house to McDowell Avenue in Lingle for a wedding set to take place in front of her house on July 9 from 2:30-8 p.m. Aipperspach said there would not be alcohol at the event unless brought by guests.
This would shut off Sixth Street to any travel west of the alley between McDowell Avenue and Clover Avenue. The request was approved by the council.
Lambert went over the bills and said everything matched up and looked good. The bills totaled $180,786.97 with $183,603.62 received in revenue, resulting in a surplus of $2,816.65.
Lingle Police Chief Endra Andrews reported everything has gone well in her arena.
Chief Kasey Bangerter of the Lingle Volunteer Fire Department reported the tornado siren was fixed. They “silent tested” the siren and everything was operational. They are now looking into a live test of the siren but are awaiting proper authorizations from Goshen County Emergency Management to complete the test.
Bangerter expressed gratitude for the assistance the town received for the flooding due to the breach of the Pathfinder Canal west of Lingle on July 1. He reported 20 agencies from federal, county, state and municipal agencies; at least 11 private contractors with trucks and equipment; 93 emergency response personnel and countless volunteers and citizens were in Lingle to aid with efforts to evacuate the town, control the flooding and provide assistance with disaster relief.
Bangerter said he will be submitting paperwork for reimbursement as Gov. Mark Gordon approved an emergency declaration for the event. He also noted Goshen County Road and Bridge will be collecting the existing filled sandbags and storing them for use in future emergency situations.
Anna Barnes, Lingle town attorney, told the council she had looked into the alleyway maintenance issue presented at a previous meeting. While she was unable to find a clear answer to the problem, she said she had reached out to both Torrington and Wheatland to view their ordinances.
Barnes reported the other towns had very similar ordinances which placed the responsibility of alleyway maintenance on the adjacent property owners. Meaning property owners are responsible for maintaining the alleyway adjoining their property out to the centerline of the alleyway.
She also expressed the town can’t be responsible for all town alleyways, especially at the risk of unintentionally killing gardens, flowers, etc.
Barnes is currently working with Benchmark Engineers to determine the appropriate action for the question of who owns the alleyways and who is responsible for their care.
Ritch Reyes, Lingle town clerk/treasurer, reported the town now had the American Rescue Plan (ARP) fund in their bank account, totaling $31,641.07.
Wilhelm clarified with Reyes the money is earmarked for the streets. Reyes confirmed the money will be used for town streets.
Reyes presented a request from Lingle Treasurer Nakisha Garner to transfer $55,000 into the reserve funds from the $185,000 account balance. Garner had finished the books for 2022 and requested the transfer to keep $100,000 in the account for emergency purposes and to use $30,000 towards the town’s new pickup.
The council approved the request.
Larry Haeffelin, town supervisor, reported the dumpster for town clean-up week was filled and they were seeking another dumpster to complete the week.
Haeffelin said a test had been taken in the well, which was overhauled, but he didn’t have the results, yet.
He reported the dirt had been removed from the streets and he was sweeping up what remains in an attempt to prevent any plugging of the town’s drainage system. Wilhelm asked Haeffelin if there had been any damage done to the drainage system.
Haeffelin said he didn’t’ know but suspected they may have to pull out some grates and shovel them out, but he assumes water flushed the system with the amount of water that entered the system. Haeffelin assure Wilhelm he would be looking into the matter.
Bob Cress appeared before the council requesting de-annexation of his property on the south end of McDowell Avenue. Cress told the council he has a farmyard and wants it annexed into the county as it would better suit his operations.
Wilhelm asked Cress if he had any issues with the town. Cress said he didn’t, he just wanted to de-annex due to his farm operation.
Cress’ property is on the only property currently on the west side of McDowell to be annexed into the town of Lingle.
Reyes told Cress and the council he would be contacting Bob Taylor at Benchmark Engineers as he is the county surveyor. After Taylor and the county planner have approved the de-annexation, Reyes will draft an ordinance to present to the commissioners. Reyes informed Cress the process can take a lot of time and typically takes at least six months to resolve.
The next meeting of the Lingle Town Council will be Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Lingle Community Center.