Council Proclaims May as Tennis Month, Torrington Tennis Courts to be Dedicated “Mary Perkins Courts”

May 8, 2024 | Regional News

Torrington, WY May 8th, 2024 — The Torrington City Council met for their regular meeting on Tuesday night. Several proclamations were unanimously approved by the council.

May 5th through May 11th was approved as Drinking Water Week. May 19th through the 25th was approved as National Public Works Week. May 19th through the 25th was approved as Emergency Medical Service Week.

‘Mary Perkins Courts’

The council also approved May as National Tennis Month. Mayor Herb Doby read the proclamation and then invited Curtis Birkley to the podium. Curtis is a High School Tennis coach at Torrington High School.

Curtis told the council that they plan on dedicating the tennis courts in Torrington to the late Mary Perkins.

“Last year – July of 2023 – we lost a really good member of the tennis community,” said Birkley. “Her name was Mary Perkins. This year – hopefully here in May – we’re going to be able to dedicate our tennis courts to ‘Mary Perkins Courts.’ Actually, the USTA did a memorandum for Mary after her passing. It talked about her leadership in the tennis community – within the state as well as here in Torrington. It’s a fantastic tribute to her life – her being a supporter and a mentor, not only in the classroom as a teacher, but also as a coach, as a friend.”

Patterson Won’t Run for Re-Election

After completing the action items on the agenda, Councilman Rick Patterson announced that he won’t seek re-election for City Council.

“Retirement isn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be – it’s been a little hectic,” said Patterson. “As a result of that and after long discussions with my wife, I’ve decided that I will not be running for re-election at the end of my term – now that doesn’t end until January. I wanted to announce it publicly so that if someone (or maybe several someones) is interested in serving, I would absolutely encourage someone who is interested. I would especially encourage someone who is female or someone who is younger – I think a good mixture of representation is helpful and healthy for the community – but it really doesn’t matter. A good committed person would be well rewarded by doing this work.”

The 2024 Municipal Election Filing Period begins May 16th, 2024 and ends May 31st, 2024. You can find more information on the City’s website.

You can view the City Council meeting from May 7th below.