RIDGELEY – Meeting with the Region VIII Planning and Development Council, the Ridgeley mayor and council are taking a closer look at their funding options for a new town hall.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
RIDGELEY – Meeting with the Region VIII Planning and Development Council, the Ridgeley mayor and council are taking a closer look at their funding options for a new town hall.
A joint meeting was held with the council, Terry Lively of Region VIII ,and representatives of the Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Department, who are also planning to build their new station on the site.
In recent months, the council has been looking into details on the surveying that was completed on the former school property and at possible building options.
In other business related to the new town hall, the council agreed that the historic artillery piece at the current town hall will move to the new location once constructed.
The town is continuing to work on the certification of the levee with continued communication with FEMA.
Ridgeley joined other towns in the region with a resolution proclaiming April as Fair Housing Month and encouraging fair housing practices.
Mayor Mark Jones announced that the council was invited to a pre National Day of Prayer event, which is being planned for April 25 at Keyser High school as a kick off to the National Day of Prayer on May 7.
Ridgeley is evaluating its computer network including the possible purchase of a back-up system.
“There’s a good chance we were hacked into,” said Jones.
He also announced that several businesses in town may need a cross connection control as part of a backflow prevention program which is underway.
Councilman Jim Twigg requested the council’s permission to recognize the businesses in the town for their contribution to the community.
On a final note the council is continuing its search for a police chief.
“Unfortunately, we still don’t have a chief of police,” said Jones, noting that the town is continuing to take applications from certified officers for the position.
Applicants being considered will undergo psychological testing, a polygraph, background check and physical. Meanwhile coverage is provided by part time officer on a variety of shifts.