‘Fine the way it is’
The proposed ordinance to rescind the Washington County zoning ordinance will go before the public at a public hearing set for 7 p.m. Aug. 13, in the second-floor courtroom in the county courthouse.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution by a 4- to-1 vote during the board’s weekly meeting Tuesday morning. Supervisor Steve Davis cast the lone “no” vote during a roll call vote. The resolution included the specific information about the public hearing.
The resolution states that the board of supervisors “will consider information and arguments for and against the adoption” of the proposed ordinance that will rescind and repeal the zoning ordinance in its entirety.
Washington County Attorney Larry Brock advised the supervisors to add a severability clause to the ordinance, but Supervisor Stan Stoops said he was following the advice of Greg Geerdes, the lawyer he has consulted during the process of developing a resolution and a proposed ordinance to rescind zoning.
“I want to leave it the way it is,” Stoops said.
“I want to back you up on that, Stan,” Supervisor Bob Yoder said. “I think it is fine the way it is.”
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said that adopting a floodplain ordinance should coincide with the effective date of the ordinance to rescind zoning, as recommended by zoning administrator Steve Lafaurie in July.
The supervisors did not talk about what needs to be done after the public hearing.
In other business, the board decided to become part of the English River Watershed Management Authority (WMA). They approved a resolution that accepts the 28E agreement needed to work with other counties, other cities and with the soil and water conservation districts involved.
Before the board voted, county resident Les Zickefoose asked if Seward is satisfied that the county will not have problems with the WMA as it has with the 28E agreement the county has with the Regional Utility Service Systems.
“Yes, I’m satisfied,” Seward said.
The board appointed Mark Tinnes and Mark Sieren as trustees of Seventy-Six Township to fill two vacancies.
See Wednesday’s Journal for more information on the supervisors’ meeting.