RIDGELEY -- The Ridgeley mayor and council this week agreed to take steps to assure the surveying is ready for the construction of a new town hall and garage.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY -- The Ridgeley mayor and council this week agreed to take steps to assure the surveying is ready for the construction of a new town hall and garage.
“We have a good chunk for a down payment, we need to get moving on this,” said finance commissioner Nick Imes, noting that the town has been able to put some money into savings in the past two months.
Commissioner Jim Twigg noted that he is waiting on a date for the council to meet with Terry Lively of the Region VIII Planning and Development Council and an engineer, hopefully in March.
Imes explained that he had a packet for a proposed metal pole building and also has been looking at modular structures.
“It’s going to be built to last,” he added.
Imes suggested a four-step plan, with the first being to put a modular for the town hall on the site of the former Ridgeley School. Next would be the removal of the existing town hall to be replaced by a metal building for the garage. The final step would be blacktopping at the sites.
“We have the money, we can make a payment and still have money for emergencies,” said Imes.
“I’d like to see it happen soon,” said commissioner Duke Lantz, noting that the survey work needs to be completed and the council needs to start gathering information.
Twigg made a motion to proceed with the surveying, noting that the town “needs a survey of what is going to be available to us.”
Surveying was completed for the fire company, which is also planning to locate its new station also on the school site, but it is unclear what all that survey entailed.
Mayor Mark Jones is planning to contact the fire company for additional information, before the town proceeds with contacting a surveyor.
In other business, Twigg reported on his trip to the West Virginia Municipal League winter session, saying that he met with Senator Charles Trump and has been in touch with Senator Craig Blair concerning the certification of the levee.
He added that he is working to secure information from when Cumberland had its side of the levee certified.
With the resignation of former police chief Jake Ryan, the town is planning to advertise for a West Virginian certified officer to be considered for the chief’s position.
Jones noted that the hiring process has been reviewed and applicants in consideration now will be subject to psychological testing, a polygraph, background check and physical.