Meeting guidelines discussed
The Washington County Supervisors discussed some guidelines they will follow at tonight’s public hearing on rescinding the county’s zoning ordinance during this morning’s weekly meeting.
Supervisor Stan Stoops said residents who come to the public hearing, which starts at 7 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom at the county courthouse, will sign an attendance list. Then residents who want to speak will write their names on another sheet. Residents will have three minutes to speak. County Attorney Larry Brock volunteered to be the timekeeper.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said the public hearing would be a hearing and not a debate. He said individuals could state their own views without comments from others in attendance.
Copies of the proposed resolution to consider an ordinance repealing the county’s zoning ordinance were available at this morning’s meeting and will be available tonight.
The supervisors also said that there would be some flexibility in the guidelines at the public hearing, depending on how many people attend and how many people wish to speak.
During his weekly update of the Richmond and Rubio sanitary sewer projects, Seward said he saw a peat moss septic system installed in Richmond last week. Several contractors have become interested in this type of septic system.
Supervisor Bob Yoder asked if the peat moss system could be used for homes on undersized lots. Seward said, “Yes.”
Bobbi Wulf, director of county mental health/disabilities, spoke to the supervisors about bills the county receives from the State of Iowa for treating county jail inmates at the mental health facility in Mount Pleasant. She said prisoners are involved in criminal cases, so the state and not the county should be responsible for the bills.
It is a statewide problem, she said, and some counties do pay the bills. The state wrote off bills totaling $78,000, but new bills amounting to about $7,200 have been sent to the county.
Wulf asked that the board acknowledge the situation and that she will continue to refuse the bills, and the board did so.