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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 30, 2014

Decision on Richmond to come next week

By Linda Wenger | Apr 16, 2013
Supervisor Jack Seward tells the other supervisors about the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) Board’s decision to demand the Washington County Board of Supervisors make a decision on the proposed Richmond sanitary sewer system by April 24.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors asks county residents to send them letters or e-mails with opinions on how the supervisors should go about solving the problem of raw sewage in the unincorporated town of Richmond. (E-mails may be sent to supervisors@co.washington.ia.us.)
Supervisor Jack Seward told the other supervisors about the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) Board’s decision to demand the Washington County Board of Supervisors make a decision on the proposed Richmond sanitary sewer system by April 24. He said the letter sent to the supervisors by the law firm of Foss, Kniken & Cochran P.C. of Fairfield was an unsigned draft. (See the April 15 edition of The Journal for the story on the RUSS Board of Directors meeting that took place April 10.)
Seward developed three scenarios for the supervisors to consider based on the research and study of the Richmond situation he has done since he became a member of the board of supervisors in January. Before explaining the scenarios he said that some of his remarks are based on assumptions based on the best information he has.
Scenario one would be to force the proposed Richmond lagoon system to go forward. Scenario two would be to develop an alternate design for a community-based sanitary sewer system. Scenario three would be to have the county sanitarian test the septic systems in Richmond and find out which property owners need to make improvements or install new septic systems.
The first two scenarios would maintain a relationship between the county and RUSS. The third scenario would end any RUSS involvement in Richmond.
Seward’s scenarios include how much each might cost and other details. He also said RUSS does not intend to bundle projects together as it did with Ollie, Rubio and Richmond.
Supervisor Stan Stoops said that in light of some of RUSS’s problems with other counties and cities, RUSS should not be giving Washington County an “ultimatum.”  
Supervisor Bob Yoder agreed.
Supervisor Steve Davis said that he has been a supervisor for five years. He said Ollie has been ready for its system for three years and they want to move forward. He said the more Ollie’s system is delayed, the more it will cost Ollie residents in monthly bills.
Seward said he will go anywhere and meet with anyone about this issue. He said he would be pleased to talk to a group of neighbors who would like more information.
(Read Wednesday’s Journal for a more detailed report on Seward’s three scenarios.)

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