RIDGELEY – In their first meeting since taking office, the Ridgeley mayor and council are working together to meet the needs of the town and its residents.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspndent
RIDGELEY – In their first meeting since taking office, the Ridgeley mayor and council are working together to meet the needs of the town and its residents.
 “We have paid a lot of bills for the beginning of the fiscal year and we still have some money.  We are going to wait a little bit before we start another project,” said finance commissioner Butch Hawse.
Commissioner Mark Jones noted that the water and sewer departments are running smoothly, while commissioner Don McFarland reported on tree trimming and plans for installing meter pits.
In his report for Community and Economic Development, commissioner Duke Lantz stated that his plans are to look at the blighted houses and try to have something done with them.
“I am also going to go over the ordinances and update the ones that need updated and repeal the ones that do not refer to the town any longer,” he said.
Police Chief Josh Hartman reported on 12 recent calls for service and plans to clear out the evidence room.
Mayor Lynn Carr thanked everyone for working together.  He and commissioner Tanya Ryan will work together to retain the businesses in town.
McFarland asked about changing to one meeting instead of two a month. The charter provides for the council to meet once or twice a month. The suggestion will be put to a vote at the July 25 meeting.
Lantz said that on the 4th of July kids were hanging on the goal post on the football field and the post broke at the ground.  He has tried calling the Mineral County Board of Education to see who is responsible for fixing the goal post, which needs repaired quickly. Lantz stated that he has some dads on the team that can put a pipe and sleeve on it and weld it in place.  Lantz said that using the town backhoe would help to lift the pole in position. Carr stated that the town we will work with them.