RIDGEWAY — During a specially called meeting Thursday night, Town Councilman Russ Brown made a motion to approve the first reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Charlene Herring to sign a lease agreement with a prospective tenant at the building located at 140 South Palmer Street.
The motion was unanimously approved following an executive session Thursday night to discuss contractual matters regarding a town property.
Council did not divulge the name of the prospective tenant, but Brown emphasized that someone is interested in leasing the property.
“Any terms and conditions will be disclosed upon acceptance,” he noted.
Following adjournment, Brown explained that the terms still had to be discussed with the prospective tenant.
“Technically, the business doesn’t even have a name yet, but we do have somebody that is interested and once they agree to everything then we can disclose the name,” he said. “We’re trying to do things in a certain time frame and not drag it out.”
Council will hold a public hearing and final reading for the ordinance at the next regular scheduled meeting on Aug. 14.
The property became available once the Old Town Hall Restaurant owner Vesha Sanders began the process of moving out in the beginning of July.
Brown noted that Sanders had not given the town any notice and legally had until July 19 to move out of the building before breaking the terms of the lease agreement and voiding the contract.
Sanders had originally signed a two-year lease with the town and operated for nearly 18 months in the building.
“They’ve been good renters and have gone by the contract to date,” Brown advised.
During the regular scheduled meeting on July 10, councilman Donald Prioleau made a motion that the Town of Ridgeway hire one part-time security officer on an “as needed” basis.
The motion was unanimously accepted.
Council noted that the security officer would be an addition to complement the Ridgeway Police Department during special events.
“It is mainly when our full-time officer needs a sick day, vacation or for extra work,” Brown noted.
Council did not identify a cost for the hire or the security company that would be used.
An oil change and a new set of tires for the department’s patrol vehicle was also approved for a cost of approximately $568.