RIDGELEY – The Ridgeley Mayor and Council hope to begin talks about the construction of a new building in the coming year.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – The Ridgeley Mayor and Council hope to begin talks about the construction of a new building in the coming year.
Finance commissioner Nick Imes reported this month that for the fourth month, the town has been able to save some money and that he feels the council can look toward starting a discussion on the project in 2020.
Councilman Jim Twigg, added that he has spoken with the Region VIII Planning and Development Council and that they are looking to find the best deal for funding the building, noting that it will involve long-term payments.
In other business, Mayor Mark Jones reported that he had met with attorney Jason Sites concerning dilapidated properties.
“It might be a costly issue,” he said, noting that it was suggested that a coalition from the towns go to the Mineral County Commission since this is an issue impacting every community.
Jones announced that he had met with Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert concerning the CSX and Western Maryland Railroad properties.
“We won’t be patrolling,” he said, based on concerns for liability, damage to vehicles and officer safety. “This should put the CSX properties at rest.”
The council also agreed that the idea of a police reserve will not be pursued for the town.
In his report, police vhief Jake Ryan reminded the council that the department has its weapons requalification coming up.
“Traffic was down this month,” he said, reporting on two DUI arrests, four court appearances, one fraud scheme, two calls for a man down, one theft, one vehicle fire, one suicide threat, one smoke investigation, one warrant served, two trespassing, one illegal burn, one juvenile complaint, one domestic in progress and 17 traffic contacts.
Ridgeley joined towns and counties across the state in proclaiming Nov. 24-30 as Christian Heritage Week as part of the governor’s annual observance.
Residents are reminded that the new water and sewer rates will be reflected with a $13 increase on the minimum bill with the November billing cycle.