Ridgeway back to being a one-cop town

Lucas Vance Staff Writer

January 18, 2014

RIDGEWAY — The Town of Ridgeway is once again a one-cop town. Malcolm Little resigned from his position as a part-time police officer in Ridgeway on Dec. 27, after nearly six weeks on the job. He accepted the position on Nov. 14.

Little’s resignation came via a letter, which a family member’s health as the cause for his resignation. Little stated he would have to make frequent visits to tend to them. He thanked the town for its support, as well as its confidence in his abilities and genuine concern.

“Ridgeway’s concern for my professional growth made the decision especially difficult,” Little wrote.

Mayor Charlene Herring said it was unfortunate because council was looking forward to Little becoming a part of the town, especially with his experience while working for an investigative division in Charlotte.

“Although I love my job, my first priority is my family,” Little explained. “Unfortunately at this time I will be unable to fulfill the commitments of my position for the foreseeable future.”

Ridgeway has posted the job opening for the vacated position, and Herring said depending on the applicants qualifications, the position could be offered as either part-time or full-time.

In other business, council discussed a customer invoice dispute over a water and sewer bill, which totaled $823.67. Town Hall explained that the new account paid the deposit, but then never called back. The check used to pay the deposit was returned, but the account remained active.

Councilman Doug Porter suggested a policy of cutting off the account immediately if a check is returned. Town Hall said that has been the procedure before, but not with businesses. Porter advised council to pursue payment under the debt act.

The business was planned to be a bed-n-breakfast, but never opened. Town officials believe either the water was left on or a pipe sprung a leak while the business owner was having plumbing work done.

“I hate it because they never opened, but now we have a substantial bill,” Herring said.

Council unanimously agreed to put the account on a payment plan.

To support the Big Grab, the Chamber of Commerce requested an additional $61. The chamber asked each town to contribute additional funds because some sponsors did not contribute to the past Big Grab event. Denise Jones, Chamber of Commerce chairwoman, said the two-day event has three goals in mind.

“One is to bring the community together,” she noted. “Secondly, is to bring people to our towns so they can see how wonderful they are and the third thing is to bring an economic impact to the area.”

Herring echoed the success of the past Big Grab by noting how many community members walked away with funds in their pocket.

“That is what you want, you want your citizens to get involved,” she stated. “It (Big Grab) is a good way to get rid of things, bring the community together and make some money.”

Because of the Big Grab’s success, Jones also noted that the Chamber of Commerce has been contacted by Union County and Chester County to inquire about the event’s strategic plan.

Following an executive session to discuss a personnel matter regarding the police department and a contractual matter regarding town property, Councilman Russ Brown made a motion to review the town’s contract with a lawn company to continue services for lawn maintenance and care for all of the town’s properties.

The next council meeting for Ridgeway is Feb. 13.