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11/4/2021 4:00:00 PM
Preview: Nov. 4 Oak Ridge Town Council meeting

OAK RIDGE - Oak Ridge Town Council plans to consider adopting a resolution seeking state environmental approval for creating a municipal water system.

Approval of the resolution during the council's monthly meeting this Thursday, Nov. 4, would advance plans for establishing a water system that would initially serve new Oak Ridge subdivisions with at least 30 lots. The resolution addresses three documents - a water system management plan, water rules and a water conservation plan - that Town Manager Bill Bruce would submit to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for approval.

Earlier this year the town hired Envirolink to establish and operate the water system, and it's relying upon the contractor to work with state regulators to obtain approval of the town's water system management plan, according to the resolution.

In other business, the council will consider transferring $21,161.87 to the Veterans Memorial Restricted Fund, matching money raised by the Special Events Committee for the establishment of a site honoring veterans.

The committee raised $20,839.87 in the quarter ended Sept. 30 in donations and additionally, in food truck proceeds during RidgeFest. The committee received $322 in donations in the fiscal year ended June 30, bringing the town's match to $21,161.87, according to an Oct. 27 memo from Town Clerk Sandra Smith to the council.

Combined with $8,649 collected before the town committed to match donations, the committee has raised $50,650.74 for the veterans' site.

Separately, the council will consider appointing Adrian Eckenrod as an alternate on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

want to participate?

The 7 p.m. meeting at Town Hall this Thursday, Nov. 4, is open to the public. Masks must be worn inside the building. Instructions for submitting comments by telephone and email can be found on the meeting agenda, posted on the homepage of the town's website,, under the Town Council tab.

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