RIDGELEY – It's official, Ridgeley's mayor and council have been sworn-in for service to the town.
West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class Z. Patterline administered the oath of office to Mayor Lynn Carr and Commissioners Butch Hawse, Mark Jones, Duke Lantz, Don McFarland and Tanya Ryan during the final meeting of the sitting council.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – It’s official, Ridgeley’s mayor and council have been sworn-in for service to the town.
West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class Z. Patterline administered the oath of office to Mayor Lynn Carr and Commissioners Butch Hawse, Mark Jones, Duke Lantz, Don McFarland and Tanya Ryan during the final meeting of the sitting council.
Official results from the June 13 election were called into question during the meeting as residents questioned the announcement following the canvass June 19,  that Sondra McDaniel, who had received 69 votes for mayor, was not a registered voter and as such was disqualified.
Carr received 48 votes and retained his seat as mayor, while incumbents Butch Hawse with 85 votes, Don McFarland with 80 and Mark Jones with 67 votes retained their seats. Rounding out the council were Duke Lantz with 54 votes and Tanya Ryan with 42 votes.
Those with questions concerning the election were referred to the county and state election board that oversee the town election.
“We look forward to kicking off and working together,” said Carr of the first meeting of the new council, which is set for 6 p.m. July 11. Both Lantz and Ryan have served previous terms on the council and are familiar with the operations.
Resident Ken Evans commended the current mayor and council for their good work in the past two years along with the efforts of Bobby Lambert, who heads up Public Works.
In closing out old business, finance commissioner Hawse noted that all bills are paid for the year. He said that July 1 there are some bills due that are quite large, but that the town will get them paid.
Police chief Josh Hartman reported for his department, citing 26 calls for the month. He noted that offices will be taking part in a 60 day trial of  Taser Body Cameras and software for evidence management.
The council passed its third and final reading of Parking Ordinance 519, which provides for fines of $50 and possible towing at the owners expense for illegal parking including on sidewalks, red and yellow lines and blocking driveways, ramps and alleys.
The ordinance takes effect immediately. Fines are doubled for blocking fire hydrants and emergency entrances.
Residents are not permitted to store cars on the streets without moving them every 30 days, to park commercial vehicles or trucks or van larger than a standard pick-up or van on the streets, to park utility, boat, house or travel trailers on the street or to park on the street with expired registration or out of state tags.