Final test results show violations
Tuesday morning, the Washington County Board of Supervisors dispatched its agenda in about 15 minutes before going into closed session.
Chairman Jim Miksch, who also serves on the county board of health, told the supervisors that the board of health decided to work with Pat Callahan of Snyder & Associates to find a new county public health administrator. The current administrator, Edie Nebel, announced her resignation as of Feb. 28, 2013, during the October board of health meeting.
Miksch told the supervisors that the board of health approved expending as much as $12,000 in the search for a new administrator. He also said Callahan has experience with this kind of search. Miksch said this is an important position in the county so such a search is warranted.
In other business, the supervisors appointed Craig Grothe to be a Crawford Township trustee until the late Jack Erwin’s term would have expired.
Miksch also said the supervisors had received formal results of the Richmond wastewater discharge sampling done in August and September. He directed the attention of the supervisors to a sentence at the end of page 1 that reads, “Your efforts to bring this community into compliance with applicable rules and regulations must continue.” Terry Jones and Russell Royce of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources wrote the results. Washington County Environmental Health director Jeff Thomann helped them obtain the samples.
Jones also wrote on page 1, “We believe these findings of our recent sampling event provides additional support to the department’s original position that many homes in Richmond have wastewater treatment systems that are in violation of the current regulations.”
Following the report, County Attorney Larry Brock asked the supervisors to go into closed session “pursuant to Code of Iowa, Chapter 21.5(1)(c) – to discuss strategy with counsel in matters presently in litigation or where litigation may be impending.”
Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said that following the closed session the supervisors approved a motion authorizing the county attorney to represent the county and to respond as the county attorney feels appropriate.