CARPENDALE – “We've got some road problems,” said Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert recently, explaining that a portion of the state road between Ridgeley and Carpendale is falling away.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – “We’ve got some road problems,” said Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert recently, explaining that a portion of the state road between Ridgeley and Carpendale is falling away.
“It’s almost school bus time and if I don’t receive info this week I am calling the governor,” Lambert said, adding that the Department of Highways inspected the area on July 16, but no action has been taken.
“We don’t get much cooperation out of the state road,” Lambert said, explaining that he called them again on Aug. 1. “The only way to get anything out of them is to go over their heads.”
Councilman Butch Armentrout explained that the road is sliding off toward the railroad tracks just outside Ridgeley and the area is marked with a traffic cone.
While poor road conditions including pot holes are a concern, however, they aren’t slowing down speeding in the town.
Residents noted that many streets are like a drag strip as motorists fly through town like a speedway.
This is especially concerning given the number of children out playing in the town and those who will be gathering on the streets to catch the school bus in coming weeks.
Some residents will be happy to see the students go back to school, as young children have been ringing door bells and running away.
Three- and four-wheelers in the town continue to be a problem not just with youthful riders, but adults as well riding up the middle of the road and posing a risk to their safety and that of motorists.
While the Ridgeley Police Department, which provides law enforcement for the town, has recently hired two additional part-time officers, Lambert notes, “We’re not getting the coverage we want.”
Lambert expressed concern that the officers are not enforcing the town’s ordinances, including noise complaints, concerns for out-of-state tags and the four-wheeler issues.
Properties in need of repair or cleaning out are an ongoing problem that Carpendale is tackling, with calls being made not only to the Mineral County Health Department, but also to the governor.
“Every town in our county has the same problems,” said Lambert, adding that it is an issue statewide.
“It’s an every week thing here and we’re working on it.”
Armentrout noted that many towns are looking at the new home rule provisions as a means of taking action on property issues.
In one step in addressing mobile homes, the council passed a resolution addressing the replacement of trailers.
“If you have a trailer and you pull it out, you must replace it with a new one,” said Lambert, noting that the process includes getting a mobile home permit from the town. “If there hasn’t been a trailer there, you cannot put a trailer on a lot in Carpendale.”
Residents who have old tires to dispose of were reminded of the upcoming tire collection, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Mineral County Fairground in Fort Ashby.