By Ronda Wertman


Tribune Correspondent


RIDGELEY – If plans work out for a commercial structure to be placed on the site of the former Ridgeley School, the new Ridgeley Town Hall could be open by next summer.


"We’re very close to having enough to do this project without having to borrow," said finance commissioner Nick Imes as he passed out photos of the 2,040 square foot proposed building as the council met this week.


Once a decision is made to move forward with construction in the spring, the town will begin with the foundation determining whether to have a crawl space or partial or full basement.


Work in the spring would take approximately five weeks to have the structure move in ready.


Looking at a base price over $200,000 the council noted that additional costs would include the foundation and the heating and air conditioning system.


The building would house the offices for the mayor and clerk, police and public works along with a council chamber.


"We need a garage," said Imes noting that there will be room behind the proposed building for the construction of a garage, which is not included in the price of the municipal building.


"I’m proud of you for have the money to get this started," said former mayor and finance commissioner Butch Hawse from the audience.


The builder will be asked to attend the October13 meeting to address any questions on the project.


Also planned that evening is a presentation on the proposed Rails to Trails project centered around the dam.