RIDGELEY – With the new year and a new councilman, Ridgeley has many projects on the horizon.
Nick Imes was sworn in to fill the vacant council seat and will be working with members as they continue to review ordinances to bring the town up-to-date.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – With the new year and a new councilman, Ridgeley has many projects on the horizon.
Nick Imes was sworn in to fill the vacant council seat and will be working with members as they continue to review ordinances to bring the town up-to-date.
Commissioner Duke Lantz reported that he has been working with Chief Josh Hartman on ordinances for parking violations, squealing tires, parking with trailers and junk cars. This, along with a sexual harassment policy, will be discussed at the February meeting.
Hartman stated that his department has been busy, with 17 calls for service and several felony indictments at the grand jury.  
Hartman has applied for a $24,000 radio grant and is planning to apply for a tint meter from the Governor’s Highway Safety and other grant opportunities as they arise.
Mayor Butch Hawse announced that the town is ready for winter with three plows and two salt spreaders.
He noted that this is “good for now, but next year I would like to get a larger salt spreader.”
The new year started off with repairs to the pump station and the rebuilding of two pumps. Hawse stated that there were a couple of water breaks and a sewer problem, but they were the owner’s responsibility.
Commissioner Tanya Ryan reported on the legislative meeting and Mineral County Development Authority. She noted that bridge from Carpendale to Bowling Green is a high priority and that she also plans to seek help to demolish the former Ridgley School to make way for a new town hall.  
Ken Evans suggested that it would be good to have senior housing in Ridgeley.  He also questioned if there could be police presence around the churches; asking if Chief Hartman could meet with the pastors to discuss safety measures.
Evans thanked the mayor, council and employees for the work they do.
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.