Board to meet with RUSS representatives
An item added to the Tuesday morning agenda of the Washington County
Board of Supervisors took up more time and conversation than other agenda items.
The item came from Supervisor Jack Seward Jr., who asked that the agenda be amended to include a RUSS board update. The amended agenda was approved.
Seward said that one of the big things discussed at the Aug. 13 Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) board meeting was a project proposed for the unincorporated community of Moore Powdertown in Lee County. He said the boards of supervisors of the 10 member counties will be asked to approve a resolution authorizing RUSS to go into debt so that RUSS can issue bonds.
Moore Powdertown is located near Keokuk and the Missouri border, Seward said. He said the community is considered an unsewered community by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, as Richmond and Rubio were.
“I expressed to RUSS board last week that they might want to have the RUSS executive officer, a member of the RUSS board, possibly Lee County representative to the RUSS board, come to Washington County and talk to us and explain to us what the situation is down there and just what’s going on down there,” Seward said.
If any county decides not to approve a resolution, it would “kill the project,” he continued.
The supervisors agreed to hold a public work session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the courtroom of the county courthouse with RUSS and county representatives.