Lingle Guide | Splish Splash Pool and Park Bash scheduled for July 16

LINE – Lingle Town Council met on Wednesday for its first July meeting. Mayor Al Unzervagt, council members Kathy Wilhelm, AJ Lambert and Micah Foster were in attendance. Councilor Brandie Cook was absent.

Brandi Hill, Lingle Town Pool Manager, announced that summer events are in full swing and she is looking forward to the July 16 “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 include vendors, games, face painting, bouncy houses, volleyball, cornhole and freestyle swimming. Free swimming is courtesy of the Elks.

In addition to the “Splish Splash Pool and Park Bash,” the pool will host a “Sing 2” movie screening July 9 at 9 p.m., a junior/senior high school swim from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 13, a movie screening “ Bad Guys” on July 23 at 9 p.m., a screening of the film “Dog” on July 30 at 9 p.m., a screening of the film “Spiderman No Way Home” on August 6 at 9 p.m., a “Glow Swim” on August 13 at 9 p.m. and maybe a movie, another high school swim Aug. 16 from 7-9 p.m. and one last movie showing Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. The film has not yet been decided for the month of August. August 13 and 16.

Hill applied for a malt beverage permit for July 16 from noon to 6 p.m. for the “Splish Splash Pool and Park Bash.” The permit has already been considered, but exact times have not been provided. The council approved the permit after Hill provided them with the exact times for the event.

Stormy Aipperspach has applied to close Sixth Street from the driveway near her home at McDowell Avenue in Lingle for a wedding to be held outside her home on July 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aipperspach said there would be no alcohol. to the event unless brought by guests.

This would close Sixth Street to all travel west of the driveway between McDowell Avenue and Clover Avenue. The request was approved by the council.

Lambert reviewed the bills and said everything matched and looked good. The invoices totaled $180,786.97 with $183,603.62 received in revenue, resulting in a surplus of $2,816.65.

Lingle Police Chief Endra Andrews said all went well at his arena.

Chief Kasey Bangerter of the Lingle Volunteer Fire Department reported that the tornado siren had been repaired. They “silently tested” the siren and everything was operational. They are now considering a live siren test, but are awaiting proper clearances from Goshen County Emergency Management to complete the test.

Bangerter expressed gratitude for the help the town received with the flooding caused by the rupture of the Pathfinder Canal west of Lingle on July 1. It reported 20 agencies from federal, county, state and city agencies; at least 11 private contractors with trucks and equipment; 93 emergency response personnel and countless volunteers and citizens were in Lingle to assist with the city’s evacuation efforts, flood control and provide disaster assistance.

Bangerter said he would submit documents for reimbursement as Governor Mark Gordon approved a declaration of emergency for the event. He also noted that Goshen County Road and Bridge will collect existing filled sandbags and store them for use in future emergencies.

Lingle Town Solicitor Anna Barnes told council she had reviewed the lane maintenance issue presented at a previous meeting. Although she was unable to come up with a clear answer to the issue, she said she contacted both Torrington and Wheatland to view their prescriptions.

Barnes reported that other cities had very similar ordinances that assigned responsibility for lane maintenance to adjacent property owners. This means that owners are responsible for maintaining the lane adjoining their property up to the center line of the lane.

She also said the city could not be responsible for all the alleys in the city, especially at the risk of unintentionally killing gardens, flowers, etc.

Barnes is currently working with Benchmark Engineers to determine the appropriate action for the issue of who owns the lanes and who is responsible for their maintenance.

Ritch Reyes, clerk/treasurer for the town of Lingle, said the town now has the American Rescue Plan (ARP) fund in its bank account, totaling $31,641.07.

Wilhelm clarified to Reyes that the money was for the streets. Reyes confirmed that the money will be used for city streets.

Reyes presented a request from Lingle Treasurer Nakisha Garner to transfer $55,000 to reserve funds from the account balance of $185,000. Garner had completed the books for 2022 and requested the transfer to keep $100,000 in the account for emergency purposes and to use $30,000 for the city’s new pickup.

The board approved the request.

City Supervisor Larry Haeffelin reported that the dumpster for City Cleanup Week was full and they were looking for another dumpster to end the week.

Haeffelin said a test had been performed in the well, which had been overhauled, but he did not yet have the results.

He reported that the dirt had been removed from the streets and he was sweeping up what was left in an attempt to prevent any clogging of the city’s drainage system. Wilhelm asked Haeffelin if there had been any damage to the drainage system.

Haeffelin said he didn’t know, but suspected they might have to remove grates and shovel them out, but he assumes the water flushed the system with the amount of water that entered the system. Haeffelin assures Wilhelm that he will look into the matter.

Bob Cress appeared before council to seek de-annealing of his property at the south end of McDowell Avenue. Cress told the council that he had a farmyard and wanted it annexed to the county as it would suit his operations better.

Wilhelm asked Cress if he had any problems with the town. Cress said no, he just wanted to de-annex because of his farming operation.

The Cress property is the only property currently on the west side of McDowell to be annexed to the town of Lingle.

Reyes told Cress and the council that he would contact Bob Taylor at Benchmark Engineers as he is the county surveyor. Once Taylor and the county planner approve the deannexation, Reyes will draft an order to present to the commissioners. Reyes informed Cress that the process can be time consuming and usually takes at least six months to resolve.

The next Lingle Town Council meeting will be Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Lingle Community Center.

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