JONESVILLE — During the Jonesville Town Council meeting Monday, Jonesville Police Chief Roger Reece reported six people were recently charged in a methamphetamine lab bust that occurred on West Main Street. Town water issues were once again addressed by the commissioners.
Reece reported relief that the two killers in the Gregory Keith Martin case had been convicted. He said it was important for Martin’s family and the citizens to have closure. He said it was the diligence of a “handful” of citizens that helped solved the case and publicly thanked them for their support. Reece reminded the council that all evidence in the case must be stored.
Mayor Gene Pardue commended the Jonesville Police Department for its hard work on closing the case.
The mayor further commended the Jonesville Public Works staff for their handling of recent pump issues where valves are losing flow pressure and their quick response efforts to remedy the situation.
Public Works Director Tim Collins said, after surveying the water pressure situation, it was ultimately one that required divers, electricians and Duke Power looking at reservoir pumps, safety valves and water intake. The Public Works Department concluded that one of the town water pumps must be replaced, and suggested an existing malfunctioning one be rebuilt to have a spare. Collins reminded that with both pumps running only 380 gallons per minute into the water system, they must run 24 hours a day to get the listed amount, instead of the normal 12 hours per day.
Collins told the town council a new water pump for the town will cost around $15,000. The board will await definite pricing before taking any action.
According to the town of Jonesville’s website, the Water Resources Department is responsible for the treatment of drinking water and the distribution of quality water to about 2,366 Jonesville customers, 365 days a year. The Jonesville Water Treatment plant was built in the 1960s and is part of the Pee Dee River basin. The source water is pulled from the Yadkin River by a raw water intake into an 8 million gallon reservoir where water from there is gravity fed into a conventional-style filtration plant. The water system feeds a 12.5-mile line around the area.
In the public comments section, Jonesville Historical Society Chair Judy Wolfe reminded the town that a group of young men from the Church of the Latter Day Saints will be coming to the Lila Swaim Park from three states to volunteer their help for park and old trail beautification on June 26. She invited any who want to help to join in the effort.
Wolfe requested the council approve the painting of two crosswalks in front of Mineral Springs Drive (located in front of the park) and on River Road.
Town Manager Scott Buffkin replied that he did not see any reason there should not be the painting of the crosswalks. Councilman Wayne Moore made a motion to approve, and it was seconded receiving the board’s full approval.
Wolfe further invited any vendors to come to the park on July 5 for the annual Freedom Float event. She reminded of the annual Labor Day Flea Market and Festival to be held in the Lila Swaim Park over Labor Day weekend.
Also in the public comments section, Jonesville resident Edna Martin said she would remain persistent until foreclosed dilapidated property located on West Main containing purple window shutters is finally torn down. She said she would be back to meetings to find out progress on the matter. Martin along with several citizens assembled a beautification committee for an awareness of such matters.
Wolfe added that the dwelling could be dangerous for young kids who could wander through the building.
Town Manager Scott Buffkin said he had discussed the surplus property issue with the county around four to six months ago and sought a time when the tearing down would occur. Buffkin said he had received no word as of yet from the county.
Town Attorney Neil Finger reminded those attending that all surplus property in such matters must be individually distinguished and that no properties could just be torn down in groups without being individually distinguished.
In budget matters, Buffkin said the town could save $22,000 to $24,000 by changing its current workers’ compensation and property liability insurance to Travelers Insurance Company.
Buffkin said the extra money could be applied for upkeep of public buildings. The council approved the motion to adopt the proposal submitted by Moore and seconded by Councilman Tracy Wall.
Three members of the Tourism Development Authority Board of Directors whose terms were set to expire on June 30 — Anita Darnell, Scott Buffkin and David Moxley — were addressed by the council. A motion was made by Moore to cut the number of positions on the TDA to seven instead of eight, and Councilman Andy Green seconded.
The board approved with Darnell and Moxley to be reinstated on the TDA after another motion by Moore and a second by Green.
Buffkin said he thought a smaller size in the Tourism Development Authority Board of Directors would be more manageable.
Arlington Fire Chief Kevin Macemore said the fire department had 54 calls in May. Thirty-four were in town, 18 in rural areas; and there were two other calls, he said. Macemore said a recent testing of the town’s fire hydrants in May was successful and reminded the council of the requirement to keep all operational. Some residents complained of dirty water messing up their laundry in the testing process, but Macemore said safety issues relating to operational fire hydrants are not optional.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.