LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council voted unanimously on its first reading to modestly raise water and sewer rates, accepted several departmental reports and accepted its annual budget on its first reading during its meeting on May 6.
Councilman Greg Asa was absent, but the remaining three council members and Mayor George Siglin voted in favor of raising the town’s water and sewer rates $48 for the year. The fee hikes will add $4 to each resident’s bill every month, and will need to be approved twice more before they go into effect.
“It hasn’t been addressed since 2009,” Siglin said. “There has not been an increase since that time. No one likes to raise it, but we need to get caught up.”
The town also voted unanimously to pass its budget for next fiscal year on its first reading. The budget, which Siglin said estimated the town’s operating expenses to be around $2 million, will have to pass two more readings to be approved.
“There will be three readings of the budget, and these figures are pretty close,” Siglin said. “It’s almost the same as last year. The final figure will be in the last reading.”
The town’s department heads delivered their reports in writing to Siglin, who read them to the assembly in order to limit the number of people present at the meeting.
Police Chief Endra Andrews reported she has been working with other law enforcement agencies about ways to maintain social distancing while still performing their duties.
“They are in talks with the sheriff and WHP about how they can do their social distancing,” Siglin said. “Outside of that, everything is normal and she is just keeping up on the people in the town.”
Siglin reported town clerk Ritch Reyes had submitted his quarterly report to the Wyoming Business Council, as well other timely reports to other agencies.
Siglin reported Reyes also received a quote to replace the glass door at the rear of the Lingle Community Center, which was recently shattered by vandals. Though insurance will cover most of the cost, the repairs will cost a total of $2,397.87.
“That’s just a shame,” Siglin said. “The building hasn’t been in use for six months.”
Lingle Municipal election results
One Lingle Town Council member retained their seat, while a new face will be added to the dais after two people received the bulk of the votes cast for the town’s leadership position.
Brandie Cook retained her seat on the council with 39 votes, while Michael Gibson earned 27, which was enough to earn the spot vacated by Greg Asa. Both council members will serve four-year terms on the town’s governing body, and the terms will begin on June 1.
Cook and Gibson were the registered candidates, but a number of write in candidates appeared on the official tally. The leading write-in candidate was Sara Ingram, who received 16 votes. Roger Wunder, Alan Unverzagt and Jenna Meeks all received two votes, while seven people received one vote apiece.