RIDGELEY – With estimates nearing half a million dollars, Ridgeley's hopes to have the former school mitigated for asbestos and torn down are facing many struggles.
By Ronda Wertman
RIDGELEY – With estimates nearing half a million dollars, Ridgeley’s hopes to have the former school mitigated for asbestos and torn down are facing many struggles.
After an evaluation of the structure, it’s been determined that once the asbestos is removed from the piping, the whole school will be addressed for asbestos from the roof to the glue on the floors.
“I’d like to see this happen real quick,” said Mayor Mark Jones, noting that, “It gets complicated.”
The school sits in the midst of a busy area, with the football field, Kindercenter and bus parking all adjacent to the structure.
Once the logistics are figured out, the next step in financing.
“I don’t know how we can afford to pay,” said finance commissioner Butch Hawse. “I don’t see how we can bail ourselves out without borrowing money.”
Looking at rates of 5.9 to 6.2 percent, even a loan of $200,000 - half the expected amount - would result in monthly payments of $1,600 to $1,800.
“We have to get somebody to help us,” he added, noting, “If it falls, we could really be in trouble.”
“It’s going to take some time,” said Jones.
“It’s touch and go till we get the prices,” said town foreman Bobby Lambert.
In other business, Ridgeley had a successful clean-up day for Earth Day and is looking forward to local students from Frankfort High School coming to help around town May 29 and 30.
“We had an extremely good turn out,” said commissioner Tanya Ryan of the Earth Day, noting that trees were donated by First Energy, a flag from Woodmen of the World and volunteers came from Sharing Life Ministries and Cub Scout Pack 29.
In his report, Lambert asked residents to be diligent with putting their trash out. He said that every week the crew is having to pick up items.
He suggested that residents put their trash out closer to the pick-up time or put it inside something.
Police chief Jimmy Cummings reported that officers have responded to 50+ calls.
A tint meter has been received, which can be used to check the tint level on vehicle windows, but Cummings noted it is only valid for West Virginia vehicles and there must be justification for stopping the vehicle.
Ridgeley has been asked to host a homecoming on Oct. 13 as part of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce initiative to hold activities in seven different regions of the county.
Ryan noted that planning for the homecoming usually starts a year and a half in advance.
The fire department will be asked to coordinate the parade, and the VFW and American Legion will apply for permits of outside open containers in a one block area.