LINGLE – The Lingle Town Council convened for their second meeting for the month of February on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Lingle Community Center.
Mayor George Siglin opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the approval of the agenda and minutes from the Feb. 3 meeting. Siglin reported there were no bills to be presented for the meeting and no public present to comment on matters before the council.
Town Clerk/Treasurer Ritch Reyes informed the council he had updated the town’s contact information for the census foundry. He also reported the town had been approved for a two-year extension in the pending designation change of the town of Lingle’s solid waste landfill to a transfer station. The extension is set to expire March 31, 2023.
“On our landfill extension; I don’t know what is going to happen in the legislature, but Lingle is on the list as one of the ones they are supposed to work on,” Siglin said.
The state of Wyoming currently has $350,000 budgeted for projects such as this, but there are approximately 20 projects throughout the state who are seeking funding. If approved, the designation change would be funded out of the budgeted $350,000 from the state.
Councilman Edwardson asked Reyes if there would be any physical changes needing done to the lot to accommodate the designation change.
“It needs to be fenced in,” Reyes said.
Reyes said the transfer section would have to be fenced off, but that would be the only physical change to the property.
“It’s pretty much going to be the same,” Siglin added. “It’s just the other half of the dump they won’t use. We will still have a burn pit for wood; they’re still going to allow that. Just the upper half…that’s going to be the transfer plant.”
Siglin said the change would save the town a lot of money in the future on water testing and would result in a savings of approximately $15,000 each year.
The council then approved the second reading of ordinance No. 350, an ordinance to change the town’s tobacco control ordinance to reflect Wyoming’s state law and the mandated age of 21 to possess, use and purchase tobacco.
The council then approved the second reading of ordinance No. 351, an ordinance amending the acceptable hours for the use of fireworks. The change would allow those discharging fireworks to do so July 3-5 from noon to midnight and Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1.
Reyes asked the council to approve the renewal of a contract between the town of Lingle and Wyrulec as Wyrulec furnishes electricity to the cemetery. He explained the renewal would not induce any changes, but would have his name, Town Supervisor Larry Haefflin’s name and Town Clerk Nakisha Garner’s name on the account.
The council unanimously approved the renewal.
Siglin told the council he didn’t have much to report but wished to bring their attention to a concerning press release from the state. According to the release, “The Governor supports bills granting severance tax relief to the energy industry.”
“We are in a budget crunch,” Siglin said. “Why are we granting more tax relief?”
Lastly, Siglin reported the Wyoming Association of Municipalities would be having a meeting tomorrow. He was hopeful he would be provided with updates on where WAM and towns will stand on matters before the legislature.
“There’s a few of them out there [bills] not looking very good for towns and counties,” Siglin said. “We will try to do our part to stay involved and either put out our pleasure or displeasure.”