Budget passed in Ronda, no July meetings

By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@elkintribune.com
Consulant Ron Niland, left, advises the Ronda Board of Commissioners at June’s meeting. With Niland are, from left, Commissioners Manual Wood, Helen Porter, Mayor Victor Varela, Commissioners Joann Royal, Kay Luffman and Sandra Simmons. - Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

RONDA — Few residents were present to question the proposed 2018-19 budget for Ronda during its most recent board meeting, leading commissioners to approve it without discussion; however, amendments are expected.

“The budget is sort of an annual guess,” said consultant Ron Niland, explaining that some numbers will be adjusted as town accountant Michael Boaz continues to evaluate actual figures.

“It’s routine just to clean up the budget,” said Niland. “Every town does it. We just have to reconcile accounts.”

The accepted budget maintained the 2017-18 property tax rate of 35 cents per $100 valuation.

The minimum gallons used to calculate water rates is decreasing to 2,000 gallons from 3,500 to match the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority minimum. The changes in the minimum gallons is not expected to impact most Ronda citizens.

Scheduled on June 28 at 3 p.m., the town meeting is expected to take less than five minutes and is the last time the board will meet until the work session at 5 p.m. on Aug. 9, followed by the 6 p.m. board meeting on Aug. 14.

With great appreciation for services rendered, former commissioner Rehejean Benge has reached the end of her time on the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority. The board voted to have Mayor Victor Varela replace Benge as the Ronda representative.

“I would like to do it again,” said Varela, after being nominated by Commissioner Kay Luffman due to his background in chemistry.

“I stepped down originally because I had some other commitments and I couldn’t go to the meetings on Tuesday mornings, but I wouldn’t mind going back on that,” the mayor said.

Two maintenance issues also were addressed.

Of primary concern was Summit Street

“It’s being eroded away and it’s in a curb corner and the whole bank is washing away,” said Niland, “and some way we’ve got to stabilize that bank. We’re going to lose the road there if we don’t.”

Niland said Darryl Combs, town maintenance, should quickly investigate the problem and either address it immediately or contract the work done, if it is more than he can reasonably handle.

“I’m sure he won’t be able to do it,” said Commissioner Manual Wood, “because that’s a pretty big job.”

Town Clerk Telesa Carter stated local contractor Hudspeth Grading Inc has agreed to investigate the concerns with the intentions that emergency repairs be made as soon as possible.

Wood also expressed worry about another maintenance issue.

Pointing out that Combs has been assisting the Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority by mowing the entrance to the sewer pumps, although it is not his responsibility, Wood expressed his unease.

“My concern is that he gets down there in the tractor and turns over one of those big rocks and he breaks an axle, busts the tire, turns the tractor over and gets hurt,” Wood said.

“He’s probably doing it just to help them out, but we really just don’t have the equipment and I’m just worried safety wise,” said Niland. “We probably need to not since we don’t have the proper equipment to do it.”

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Consulant Ron Niland, left, advises the Ronda Board of Commissioners at June’s meeting. With Niland are, from left, Commissioners Manual Wood, Helen Porter, Mayor Victor Varela, Commissioners Joann Royal, Kay Luffman and Sandra Simmons.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_0326.jpgConsulant Ron Niland, left, advises the Ronda Board of Commissioners at June’s meeting. With Niland are, from left, Commissioners Manual Wood, Helen Porter, Mayor Victor Varela, Commissioners Joann Royal, Kay Luffman and Sandra Simmons. Beanie Taylor | The Tribune

By Beanie Taylor

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