RIDGELEY – “June is the month that we have to be broke at the end of,” said Ridgeley finance commissioner Butch Hawse as the town prepares to pay several large bills including a car payment and insurance.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – “June is the month that we have to be broke at the end of,” said Ridgeley finance commissioner Butch Hawse as the town prepares to pay several large bills including a car payment and insurance.
Summer is a busy time for the town, with the installation of a new water line and continued repairs of the streets.
Commissioner Don McFarland noted that the pot holes were filled, but that there are still a few more which he is marking with orange paint to be done.
Following the opening of the community center as an evacuation site for the recent gas leak in Carpendale, Ridgeley officials are looking to establish a protocol if something like this would happen in the future.
The community center is leased to Sharing Life Ministries and it is understood that even if the building would be rented, a declared emergency will take precedent.
During the incident the town, thanks to the donations from local businesses, provided food and drink to those seeking shelter there, noting that the incident occurred during what would be suppertime for many families.
Officials offered thanks to crews from LaVale and Eastern Garrett Emergency Medical Services who remained at the community center to assist residents.
“We went through the door not knowing what was going to take place,” said town foreman Bobby Lambert, noting that the town received a call from Mineral County to open the center.
Ridgeley has been the site for many visitors as students from Frankfort High School spent a day working in town picking up trash, sweeping the walks and painting.
“They did a good job,” said mayor Mark Jones.
In his report, Jones noted that there has been no information on funding or costs for the removal of the former Ridgeley School.
He added that he is working with FEMA and other agencies on the ongoing issue of the certification of the levee.
Commissioner Nick Imes is working on updating the town’s ordinances. He urged the council to think about adopting a demolition ordinance. He also announced the first reading of ordinance 1.1 to update the wording on the town election section will be held at the July meeting.
Imes is also considering the building permit process suggesting that the applications should be more specific including materials, size and location and that the fee structure needs revised.
All building permits will be voted on by the council as opposed to be authorized by the office.
“We don’t want an outhouse on Main Street,” said Jones, noting that the permits address new construction, not repairs on existing improvements.