Editor’s Note: This article was updated to clarify the number of deaths noted by Mayor Randy Adams is state-wide.
TORRINGTON – There’s a new face on the Torrington City Council.
During the group’s regular meeting Tuesday, retired Eastern Wyoming College President Richard Patterson was sworn in to fill a seat vacated by the April resignation of Matt Mattis, when Mattis moved out of town.
Patterson was the top vote-getter in the three-person race for city council in the Aug. 18 primary election. The council announced in July its intention to fill one of two vacant seats with the winner of the primary. Patterson will serve at least through Jan. 1, with the top two filling Mattis’ seat and a seat that will be vacant after council member Bill Law announced his intention not to seek reelection.
Patterson was called before the council and administered the oath of office by Torrington City Attorney James Eddington. The other council members greeted and welcomed Patterson.
COVID-19 cases in Goshen County are on the rise, Mayor Randy Adams told the city council during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Adams said there were 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goshen County, with 41 deaths attributed to the virus state-wide. With the increase in cases, Torrington City Hall is encouraging everyone to wear a mask, use the drop boxes at City Hall for payments, wash hands, and avoid large groups and gatherings.
Adams asked members of the community to be mindful of students walking to and from school. Adams told the audience, “please continue to be safe on the streets, school has begun. Kids are on the streets from early morning now, until after dark, (and) parents are delivering and picking up kids. Please slow down and be mindful of their presence.”
The Torrington Police Department will be holding a memorial for Lieutenant Harley Mark, who was killed in the line of duty during a pursuit on Sept. 6, 1993. The service will be Sept. 8 and viewable online at the TPD’s Facebook page.
Adams also informed the public of the TPD’s involvement with Shield616, a fundraising organization devoted to providing law enforcement officers with life-saving body armor. “Shield616 (has) a mission to provide all-day rifle protection for police officers who sacrificially serve their communities,” according to the TPD Facebook page. “Donations through Shield616 are tax-deductible and will help up-armor the dedicated officers of the Torrington Police Department with industry-leading all-day rifle protection packages.” For those wishing to donate, visit shield616.org/law-enforcement/.
Deb Cottier, Chair of the Heartland Expressway Association, presented information about the progress of the Heartland Expressway and the impact on Torrington and Goshen County. While the primary focus of the Heartland Expressway is on creating a north-south interstate through the state of Nebraska, Cottier said the expressway would have a significant impact on the local economy. Council member Law expressed his sincere dedication to the project and hopes that progress continues with this project.
In other business, Torrington City Clerk and Treasurer Lynette Strecker presented the city’s bills from Aug. 19 to Sept. 1.
San Pedro JC, LLC., DBA San Pedro Taqueria, presented a request to amend their liquor license so they could sell alcoholic beverages while catering events. The council approved the change to the liquor license.
The mayor reported the city completed the West C Street striping project, the airport project was moving forward and will be complete by the November deadline, and the Evergreen Plaza project continues, and work on the hospital continues.