New testsDNR rechecks Rubio water quality
The Washington County Board of Supervisors received and approved the Washington County/Riverside Urban Renewal report during the board’s weekly meeting Tuesday morning.
Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said the urban renewal report is a new reporting requirement as a result of legislation in the state Legislature referred to as House File 2460. The county has one urban renewal area for which a tax increment financing (TIF) district was set up in December 2005 to upgrade and expand the City of Riverside’s water and sanitary sewer systems, including constructing new treatment facilities for both water and wastewater to service the city and the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort.
As of July 1, 2011, the TIF outstanding debt totaled $6,253,806 in both principal and interest. As of June 30, 2012, the outstanding TIF obligations totaled $4,464,955, according to Widmer’s report.
Widmer said the debt was originally scheduled to be paid back in 2018.
“Presently, and yes, we are making some assumptions, but it’s projected now that payoff will occur in 2015,” Widmer said. “The difference is due to the fact that the county is paying off more than what was originally called for.”
Supervisor Jim Miksch said, “The valuation (of the commercial property) ended up being quite a bit more than anticipated.”
County treasurer Jeff Garrett said the valuation was originally thought to be $50 million.
“I think it ended up being $62 million,” Garrett said.
The report states that the assessed and taxable valuation is $62,798,200.
In other business, the supervisors approved a letter allowing the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) to have access to the Richmond lagoon site.
Supervisor Ron Bennett asked county attorney Larry Brock if the lawsuit by Residents for a Better Richmond affects the project.
Brock said no.
The supervisors also acknowledged receiving a letter from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) pertaining to new water samples collected in November in the unincorporated area of Rubio. The letter stated that the results of the samples collected showed the existence of untreated human waste.
Supervisor Adam Mangold said he had talked to the DNR about the Rubio tests. According to him, the DNR wanted to retest Rubio as the department did in Richmond earlier this fall.
The supervisors also held a hearing on the Washington County/HACAP Orchard Hill rehabilitation project as required by law. Supervisor Wes Rich, who was available by speaker phone, said HACAP should be able to move in the remodeled building the last week in December and the first week in January.
“It’s a good location for Head Start,” said Miksch.