RIDGELEY – The new year will bring a big decision for the Ridgeley town council, as members seek to fill the open council seat held by Butch Hawse.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – The new year will bring a big decision for the Ridgeley town council, as members seek to fill the open council seat held by Butch Hawse.
Hawse was sworn in as mayor on Dec. 9 following the passing of late mayor Lynn Carr.
Meeting for December, Hawse told the council, “In the next month or two we will be selecting someone to be on council since we now have a position open. Nick Imes and Jim Twigg are interested.”
“We need to make sure we get the right person in office who will have the town’s interest at heart,” said Commissioner Tanya Ryan.
Hawse gave the financial report, noting that the pump station has been pumped out and the town had a savings of about $1,100 with Keyser coming in. He noted that a bad pump was also to be replaced.
Commissioner Duke Lantz stated that he is looking into a sexual harassment policy, which should be completed for the next meeting.
“It needs to be clearer as to what actions will be taken against an employee if a complaint is made,” he said.
Ryan and town clerk Renee Martz attended the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce meeting and noted that town representatives will be attending the Mineral County Days in Charleston next month. Ryan said she is looking for suggestions of concerns that need to be raised while at the capitol.
Police chief Josh Hartman stated that there have been 14 calls for service and that with two full-time and one part-time officer there will be even greater coverage.  
Lantz noted that there is an increase in traffic on the weekends, especially from out of state vehicles, around the Legion and asked if the police could patrol around there more often on weekends.  
Hawse announced that for the employees raise in January, the town will be paying full-time employees health insurance which is about 60 cents an hour.  
As 911 addressing continues, Ryan reminded resident that they must go online to address.wvmineralco.com or call 304-788-4111 to find out their new address.
The council is looking to target junk cars parked on the streets and this will be discussed at the next meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.