Board of Supervisors honor Ron Bennett
The Washington County Board of Supervisors met Monday morning in the county courthouse because the boardroom will be used as a polling place for Tuesday’s Primary Election.
After opening the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the agenda, board chairman Steve Davis asked for a moment of silence in honor of former supervisor Ron Bennett.
Bennett died Sunday, June 1. He was elected to the board of supervisors in 2010, and he resigned in August 2013 due to health reasons.
During his update on the Richmond and Rubio sewer projects, Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said that Bennett had “led the charge” on changing the way the county was going to comply with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources consent order on Richmond and Rubio. Seward said he wished Bennett had lived to see the project completed.
Seward said he talked to the three contractors putting in the last septic systems in the two rural communities, and that the work will soon be done. He also said that people who would like to donate funds to Habitat for Humanity have until June 17. Habitat for Humanity is accepting donations for the five households that don’t have a way to pay for the septic systems. Donors may contact Habitat for Humanity at 319-337-8949. Habitat for Humanity will send the donations to the contractors involved, he said.
In other business, the supervisors:
• held a public hearing and acknowledged an animal confinement feeding operation from Dave Friese, in Section 29 of Jackson Township;
• approved an Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal-aid Agreement for the use of Highway Bridge program funds for replacement of a bridge on County Road G26, approximately 0.5 mile east of Elm Avenue. County engineer Jacob Thorius said the bridge would be replaced with three box culverts. The DOT will let the bids next winter;
• approved a proposed Funding Participation Agreement with First Resources for Wellness Recovery Action Plan;
• tabled the revised 28E agreement with SE Iowa Case Management for mental health services until next week;
• and approved a personnel change request for the county jail.