Problems with air bubbles and excessive chlorine in water on the portion of the Ronda water system within the town limits have been corrected, said Ronda Mayor Victor Varela.

Varela said there were numerous complaints about these problems but they were corrected about three weeks ago.

He said Jeff Jones, hired earlier this year as the town’s water system ORC (operator in responsible charge) successfully addressed the issues. Jones is the fulltime public works director for Boonville.

The issue was discussed during the Ronda Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

The portion of the Ronda water system within the town limits is supplied by wells, while portions outside the town limits are supplied by water purchased from Elkin.

Varela said water can be transferred from one portion to the other if needed.

In a related matter, the Wilkes Board of Education on Monday evening unanimously approved a water line easement requested from the Town of Ronda allowing the town to supply three property owners with water.

The easement is across the southeast corner of the East Wilkes Middle School property, near Money and Macedonia Church roads.

Drainage addressed

Ronda commissioners unanimously agreed to allocate $6,000 to correct a drainage problem on Factory Street by installing curb and guttering, thereby diverting storm water from the Precision Fibers property.

Varela said storm water is entering the company’s office parking lot and causing problems. The Precision Fibers property is along N.C. 268 East and Factory Street.

He noted that around 40-50 people now work at Precision Fibers, producing insulation, fibers added to asphalt and a mulch material that includes grass seed and fertilizer for reseeding grass.

Other matters

In other matters Tuesday night:

• it was announced that the town will soon provide free Wi-Fi to the public in the Ronda Town Hall parking lot and elsewhere near town hall. Varela noted that this resulted from discussions with Wilkes County Library officials as an expansion of library services to Ronda;

• R.G. Absher, executive director of the Yadkin River Greenway Council and also a representative of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, appeared before the Ronda board to discuss efforts to establish the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail as a foot path along the Yadkin River. Absher said Ronda is being asked to contribute funds for a master plan being developed for the trail for the segment from North Wilkesboro to Elkin. No action was taken;

• Zane Cooper, a member of the Boy Scout Troop 658 in the Cool Springs community, led those at the meeting in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

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