RIDGELEY – The Ridgeley mayor and council are opting to reduce meetings to once a month, given the low resident participation twice a month.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – The Ridgeley mayor and council are opting to reduce meetings to once a month, given the low resident participation twice a month.
Starting in August, the council will meet on just the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
Members noted in removing the second meeting of the month that if issues arise that need attention before the next appointed time,  a special meeting can be called.
In other business, finance commissioner Butch Hawse received council approval to purchase a 2015 extended cab truck, if it meets with the town’s approval.
The truck, with 28,000 miles, would replace a 2002 model currently in service with public works.
The truck would be paid for up front as the town has been practicing pay-as-you-go for the purchase of needed tools and equipment.
Noting the recent move in Maryland to sell beer at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Hawse said, “It’s hurting us.” He added that the town will have to wait to see how the change impacts local Business and Occupation taxes.
In his police report, Chief Josh Hartman noted 15 calls originating through 911 and several arrests in recent weeks.
He said that he is still looking at body cameras for the department and officers should soon be participating in a trial for the cameras and software.
Hartman also has submitted a grant application for radios for the department. The current systems are not as reliable as the town would like and the grant would provide for four mobile and four portable radios.
The council will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the town hall.