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3/8/2018 2:38:00 PM
Footbridge unauthorized, THM levels are being addressed

Recent gripes have been submitted concerning the wooden footbridge installed on the disk golf course in Stokesdale's park. I would like to note that it was installed without the knowledge or permission of the town.

As built and installed, it does not comply with state building codes, and the town council properly voted to have it removed. As a member of the Property Committee, I have directed that it be removed and stored just off the maintained part of the park, and if whoever built it will contact me, I would be happy to bring the matter before council for the vote on approval, and if so approved, will be happy to give them instructions on proper installation.

The town cannot allow individuals to come onto the property and build unauthorized structures, especially those which are illegal!

The other matter is the town's water system. The letter sent out recently (from the town) notes that the THM level at one test site on one occasion was two thousandths of one billion parts too high. I believe one must use a little common sense in interpreting the results of testing. The state requires the letter be sent, regardless of how small the violation, and the town is taking steps to try to fix the problem. To call the water contaminated is very irresponsible and inflammatory. The water is tested on a regular basis, and I contend as such, it is safer than most wells, which are not tested at all.

Stokesdale's water system is currently in the best position it has been in since its inception. It is an asset to all those who live in the town, not just those who drink the water. Its existence has resulted in lower property insurance rates for everyone. To attack it in such a manner as was done in a recent gripe in this newspaper was irresponsible.

I would like to thank the customers of the system for their patience, and can assure them we are working hard to ensure the continued safety of the system.

William Jones, Stokesdale Town Council

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