RIDGELEY – As Ridgeley resolved part of its infiltration problem by relining a manhole, the town has faced another expense with the replacement of the meter reader for the water system.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – As Ridgeley resolved part of its infiltration problem by relining a manhole, the town has faced another expense with the replacement of the meter reader for the water system.
Water and sewer commissioner Duke Lantz reported that work on the manhole, which contributed to an extraordinarily large sewer bill for the Town of Ridgeley to the City of Cumberland, has been completed.
In the meantime, the 15-year-old handheld radio reader for the water system has failed resulting in a $4,000 replacement cost.
In other business, finance commissioner Tanya Ryan noted that the final payment has been made to Carl Belt for the demolition of the former Ridgeley School.
Lantz expressed concern for protecting the parking area at the school, suggesting fencing and no trespassing signs prior to the summer start of youth football.
The council discussed possible parking changes, including Third Avenue and a snow emergency route from Silver Street to Martin Street with no parking in the event of two or more inches of snow.
Mayor Mark Jones presented the ongoing agreement for shared police coverage with Carpendale, which was agreed upon by both councils.
The council passed the second and third readings of the parking ordinance, which prohibits parking or driving on the sidewalk except for the sidewalk owner, who is allowed to drive or park for loading and unloading only.
The first reading was held on the scrap metal ordinance aimed to target automobiles, parts and junk on properties or in buildings where it is a risk to health and safety; the storage of construction materials for extended periods and abandoned vehicles.
Councilman Nick Imes reported that the current ordinances are being scanned and organized and that he hopes to have this completed early next year.
He noted that some of the ordinances need repealed and other such as those addressing animals could be consolidated.