RIDGEWAY — Ridgeway Town council made strides in ushering the Ridgeway Police Department into the 21st century Thursday night.
Councilman Heath Cookendorfer will soon provide the department with a new PC and provide Internet options to council at next month’s meeting.
After visiting the police department to install new software, Cookendorfer told council that the current computer has been infected with a virus. However, he noted that he has a colleague willing to donate a PC to the police department.
Cookendorfer suggested the town look into setting up the police department with an Internet connection so the department could stay connected with neighboring law enforcement departments through email.
He also recommended the purchase of a new printer that will also function as a copier and fax machine.
“The department already has phone line in there, so once we get Internet in there they’ll be able to fax and receive email,” Cookendorfer said.
Following the procurement of the items, Mayor Charlene Herring stated the purchases would come out of the police budget.
Council discussed the department piggy-backing off the library’s Internet since they’re so close, but Cookendorfer was against recommending using the library’s signal.
“Jumping onto someone else’s network you will run into some risk,” he stated. “The department will be looking at police reports. It will take some more research and if everything is fine then of course it is okay, but we should get TruVista’s advice.”
Councilman Donald Prioleau added that TruVista has already donated cable to the department for the use of scanning weather reports and they might be willing to donate Internet as well.
Herring recommended council and staff inquire about setting up Internet at the police department.
“We do need to bring the police station into the 21st century,” she said.
Herring tasked Cookendorfer with researching and gathering options and then report back to council at the next scheduled meeting on Aug. 14.
Herring told council that the police department was recently cleaned as well, but is still in need of new furniture and blinds.
“We haven’t made any improvement to the police department in a long time,” she stated. “We would love to do something the little police department, but I don’t think anything has been done to the big police department — the real police department — in a long time.”
Herring also noted that there is not a water leak in the police department as originally suspected.
“Movies on the Ridge”
Cookendorfer said groups in the community have been discussing hosting a “Movie Night” outside at the Cotton Yard in downtown Ridgeway.
He told council that the rights to the movie would need to be purchased before a showing.
Cookendorfer said costs approximately range from $300 to $400.
He requested a contribution from the Town of Ridgeway for the first scheduled “Movie Night” on Aug. 1.
Cookendorfer plans to show six movies per year with a movie on the first Friday of the month from April through September.
The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss, which movie will be purchased. Cookendorfer insisted the movie will be family friendly.
He told Herring that he proposed to fund the following movies through contributions from merchants, the town and community members.
“This (“Movie Night”) is something I’ve had a passion for and it has come a long way,” Cookendorfer stated. “Every time I turn around it seems like there is another community starting one up. Winnsboro has one, Blythewood has one and we’re trying to jump on the band-wagon.”
Council unanimously voted to approve the first purchase of movie rights for the Aug. 1 showing.
At a cost of $300 to $400, councilman Doug Porter made the motion to approve, which was seconded by Herring and passed with no discussion.