RONDA — A short meeting was held by the Ronda Board of Commissioners Tuesday evening, where Commissioner Cody Soots’ continued absence was noticed when Mayor Victor Varela and Commissioner Sandra Simmons stepped in to cover his basic duty of leading the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance for the evening.
Not only has Soots been notably missing from most board meetings and work sessions in recent months, but specific tasks with which he was charged such as investigating the cost of a new snow plow for the town, purchasing it and having installed before winter was eventually taken up by other members of the council. According to Varela, Soots had been in contact with him via text.
Because of the purchase of the new snow plow, the old one as well as other unused out-of-date equipment was relinquished through a sealed-bid process. At the March meeting, the bids were opened and decisions were made to accept or reject them.
Commissioner Manuel Wood’s expertise was helpful as the board tried to evaluate fair prices for a backhoe, bush hog, dump truck with snow plow, mowing machine, pickup truck and trailer. Top bids were accepted for all items except the dump truck with snow plow which received unrealistic bids that were rejected by the board. “The plow is worth $200 to $300,” explained Wood. “[The truck’s] got real good tires.”
In addition to making decisions about the bids, the council formalized several decisions it had been discussing. According to Varela, Ronda will officially “enter into a joint resolution with Wilkes County,” which will continue the process that will cause the fire tax for Ronda residents to be gathered by the county instead of the town.
The Mobile Home Park Resolution also was made official. “We heavily discussed that the last work session,” explained Varela, who then lead the board into the vote to make the change allowing trailers to be moved into the community if they are 25 years old or newer instead of five. By doing so the board hopes to encourage those who have recently been looking to purchase the former Shady Hill Mobile Home Park.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.