County wants out of RUSS
Four members of the Washington County Board of Supervisors want out of the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS). They hope that turning down a resolution for RUSS to proceed with a sewer project in Lee County in the Mooar/Powdertown community will help them get out of RUSS.
Supervisors Stan Stoops, Jack Seward Jr., Bob Yoder and Richard Young voted yes to not adopting or accepting the resolution pertaining to the Lee County project. Supervisor and board chairman Steve Davis voted no.
Seward, who serves on the RUSS Board as the county’s representative, said that one of the issues is that Lee County wants the project. A second issue is that Washington County hasn’t had good luck with RUSS.
“The project in Richmond and Rubio was not completed as a RUSS project and there has been some talk and the general feeling in the public as well as I think here on the board, that we should try to distance ourselves from RUSS if possible,” he said.
Stoops and Yoder both said they want to use the Lee County resolution as leverage to help Washington County leave RUSS. Stoops said that Wapello County rejected the resolution, and Yoder said he couldn’t think of anything good RUSS has done for Washington County.
“When are we going to get out of RUSS?” Yoder asked.
Young said he went to Mooar/Powdertown Monday. He said some of the people in the community are very poor and can’t afford their own septic systems. He said his biggest concern is that RUSS and the Lee County Board of Supervisors haven’t told the residents how much the proposed system would cost.
After the vote to not approve the resolution, Young made a motion to have Seward tell the RUSS board that Washington County wants to revisit the 28E agreement with RUSS and change the bylaws so that counties that want to get out of RUSS can do so. The motion was approved on a voice vote with no one voting no.
In other business, the board approved a quote from Life Line Emergency Vehicles in Sumner, Iowa, for a new ambulance. The cost is $159,695. A second quote from a company in Indiana was higher at $165,213.