Ridgeway Offers Lease on Old Town Hall Property

Ridgeway Town Council conceded at their Aug. 9 meeting that they would have to reach into the Town’s savings account to cover the cost of repairing more than a dozen windows on the Old Town Hall building which recently housed YesterYears restaurant. Mayor Charlene Herring said it would cost nearly $2,700 to have the windows repaired, and that would not include any painting that would need to be done.

Renovations to the Old Town Hall are pressing, since Council voted to offer a lease on the building to a new restaurant. As the lease remains unsigned, Ridgeway is keeping a lid on the name of the potential new business. Ridgeway is also quiet about who will manage the property for the town in the future. Council is seeking an agreement with a property management firm to handle the Old Town Hall, but has not, as of press time, finalized a contract.

Council also took a peek at the latest drawing and bid proposal for a set of six new welcome signs, but took no action on a final decision to approve the signs.

Herring said that the Pig on the Ridge Committee had agreed to pay for the new signs, but changes to the design have made the price from Sign-A-Rama in Irmo creep up somewhat. The most recent changes include a smaller sign underneath the Ridgeway sign, indicating the Pig on the Ridge and Arts on the Ridge festivals. The new total for the sandblasted wood signs has grown to $10,409.59, including tax.

The decision on the signs, as well as on new garbage cans, which the Pig on the Ridge Committee had also offered to pay for (ranging from $299 to $385 each), was left in the hands of the Committee for their consideration.

In preparation for the upcoming Big Grab 25-mile yard sale, being held Sept. 7-8 between Blythewood and Winnsboro, Council agreed to waive their standard $5 yard sale/garage sale fee. No decision was made on whether or not the Town would donate to the event.

And finally, Council appointed Croom Hunter as their next Zoning Administrator, effective next month.