New commissioners, old problem leads to swearing at Ronda board meeting


By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@elkintribune.com



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Kay Luffman is sworn in as Commissioner of Ronda.


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Helen Porter, left, is sworn in as commissioner of Ronda with assistance from Rheajean Benge and Mayor Victor Varela. As Benge relinquished her seat on the board, Varela thanked her for her extensive work helping to reorganize town hall.


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Joann Royal is sworn in as Commissioner of Ronda.


Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

Andrew Wood, far left, sits apart during the meeting while demanding payment from a 12-year-old incident.


Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

RONDA — The joy of the holiday season was heightened for certain citizens of Ronda as they joined the board of commissioners Tuesday evening.

Joann Royal and Kay Luffman joined the Ronda Board of Commissioners for their first term, while Helen Porter was sworn in to continue her service.

Luffman also was elected by the board to serve as the new banking/financial officer, while Commissioner Sandra Simmons was chosen to serve as mayor pro tem.

“Sandra’s got the most experience,” said Luffman.

Commissioner Manual Wood, whose seat was not up for re-election, and Gene Fowler, who was not reelected to the board, were not present. Outgoing Commissioner Rhejean Benege ended her time with the Ronda board by assisting with the swearing in of Porter.

Following the swearing in of new elected officials, a member of the audience commenced his own swearing.

Continuing concerns stated during the November meeting, Andrew Wood asked why he was not on the agenda for the December meeting.

Andrew Wood expressed a grievance with the town after he said it failed to pay for damage done to his property during a utilities maintenance issue several years ago.

“It was talked about in the work session,” said Mayor Victor Varela of the Dec. 7 gathering of the board.

“I don’t want it to be talked about behind my back,” said Andrew Wood. “I want to see what was said.”

“The work session is an open meeting,” said Varela, who was interrupted with the declaration that the website was incorrect.

After allowing the standard three minutes of open forum time, Varela thanked Wood for expressing his concerns and asked for a motion to end the meeting.

Upon closing the meeting, consultant Ron Niland welcomed those in attendance to remain for refreshments during which Wood continued to voice his complaints before exiting with leftover refreshments.

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Kay Luffman is sworn in as Commissioner of Ronda.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_5944.jpgKay Luffman is sworn in as Commissioner of Ronda.Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

Helen Porter, left, is sworn in as commissioner of Ronda with assistance from Rheajean Benge and Mayor Victor Varela. As Benge relinquished her seat on the board, Varela thanked her for her extensive work helping to reorganize town hall.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_5947.jpgHelen Porter, left, is sworn in as commissioner of Ronda with assistance from Rheajean Benge and Mayor Victor Varela. As Benge relinquished her seat on the board, Varela thanked her for her extensive work helping to reorganize town hall. Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

Joann Royal is sworn in as Commissioner of Ronda.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_5950.jpgJoann Royal is sworn in as Commissioner of Ronda.Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

Andrew Wood, far left, sits apart during the meeting while demanding payment from a 12-year-old incident.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_5959.jpgAndrew Wood, far left, sits apart during the meeting while demanding payment from a 12-year-old incident. Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

By Beanie Taylor

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