RIDGELEY – The new year will bring plans for a new town hall as Ridgeley officials will soon be meeting the Region XIII Planning and Development Council.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – The new year will bring plans for a new town hall as Ridgeley officials will soon be meeting the Region XIII Planning and Development Council.
Councilman Jim Twigg announced recently that Terry Lively of Region VII would like to meet with the mayor and council and representatives of the Ridgeley Fire Department to looks at plans and talk about financing.
“We want there to be a new town hall,” said Twigg, noting that an architectural engineering will also be included in the meeting.
“It’s getting closer, but we still have a way to go,” said mayor Mark Jones.
In the meantime, finance commissioner Nick Imes reported that all bills are paid and the town is working to save money toward the construction.
In other business, Councilman Duke Lantz reported that confirmation was received from the Public Service Commission on the process that was taken for the recent water and sewer increases.
He urged residents to be observant with cold weather and possible frozen pipes noting that 911 can be called in an emergency to alert public works.
“If you see water running somewhere that you normally don’t, call someone,” added Twigg.
Twigg praised Bobby Lambert and public works for their efforts in the recent snow and ice saying “Ridgeley was on top of things.”
Jones also thanked all who were involved with directing traffic and helping during the recent tractor trailer accident, which interrupted electric service and damaged properties in town.
In his report police chief Jake Ryan reported on responses for November including 32 traffic, two suspicious activities, two domestic calls, eight assists to other agencies, five disturbances, 1 assault, two driving while intoxicated, one felony arrest, one felony warrant and two misdemeanor arrests.
Resident Bill George asked the council to look at the traffic from the post office to Blocker Street, questioning if traffic could be eliminated.
He expressed concern for the area given children playing; residents walking to the senior center and the church; and cars making “a lot of noise.”
“Just make it for local traffic. I’ve seen people come around there pretty fast,” he concluded.
The council agreed to look at the area for possible options.