RIDGELEY – Spring will kick off with Earth Day in Ridgeley on April 27.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – Spring will kick off with Earth Day in Ridgeley on April 27.
Volunteers are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at the town hall to participate in a variety of beautification projects including picking up trash, sweeping the streets, and weather permitting working in the flower beds.
As budget season approaches, the council agreed to hire an accountant to help with the budget, taxes and audit preparation.
In his report, police chief Jake Ryan reported on calls for the month, including traffic stops, theft, trespassing, and motor vehicle accidents.
Ryan noted that Officer Ed Pfaff will be attending the West Virginia Police Academy in the coming months and that they are working to make sure he has all needed equipment and supplies.
The department is working with Vickers Consulting Group, who will be submitting an application for new radios on behalf of the department.
“We’re in desperate need of them,” said Ryan, noting that they are currently using old radios and that to equip the department with radios will cost $20,000.
In other business, the council has entered into a contract with the Ridgeley Fire Department to equally share the costs of the survey by Bennett, Brewer and Associates of the former Ridgeley School property.
As Ridgeley is working to update its ordinances including motions this week to repeal ordinances for daylight savings time and old ordinances for building permits and the snow emergency plan, some fine tuning is needed on new ordinances as well.
Several residents were on hand concerned over tickets and warnings for the scrap metal ordinance aimed at  automobiles, parts and junk on properties where it is a risk to health and safety; the storage of construction materials for extended periods and abandoned vehicles.
State law says that property owners are permitted to have one untagged vehicle on their property.
Ryan noted that the town’s ordinances can be stricter than the state law.
“We are committed to clean up Ridgeley,” said mayor Mark Jones.
In the meantime, the council will reevaluate the wording of the ordinance as it applies to what is contained inside buildings located on private property.
The council is also looking at changes to the charter and employee handbooks with work sessions on these issues to be held at a later date.