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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 19, 2014

Rescind zoning ordinance passes first reading

By Linda Wenger | Aug 20, 2013
This stack of papers contains the invoices the county needs to go through before reimbursing the Regional Utility Service Systems for the expenses incurred for the Richmond and Rubio community sanitary sewer projects before the Washington County Board of Supervisors decided to stop the community projects.

Washington County supervisors approved the first reading of an ordinance to rescind zoning on a 3-to-1 vote, with supervisors Stan Stoops, Jack Seward Jr., and Bob Yoder voting yes, and Steve Davis voting no during this morning’s regular board meeting.
Davis, who was re-elected chairman of the board earlier in the meeting, said that the public hearing about the ordinance to rescind zoning was held Tuesday, Aug. 13, with approximately 100 people in attendance. He said the public hearing was “very informational.”
Stoops made the motion to approve the first reading and Yoder seconded. The motion was approved on a roll-call vote. Should the votes on the second and third readings of the proposed ordinance be the same as this morning’s, the ordinance would go into effect on Sept. 27.
The supervisors also worked on a floodplain ordinance that would become effective on the same date as the ordinance to rescind zoning. They set a public hearing on the floodplain ordinance to be held at 9:31 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, during the board’s regular weekly meeting. They also unanimously passed a motion to accept the draft of the floodplain ordinance. The floodplain ordinance is expected to go into effect on Sept. 27.
In other business, Seward pointed to a 5- to 6-inch high stack of paper on the table in front of him. He said the papers are the invoices from the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS). The county needs to go through the invoices to verify the expenses before the county will reimburse RUSS for work done on the community sanitary sewer projects for Richmond and Rubio. The expenses are estimated to be $386,000.
Seward also said that the RUSS board would be flexible about the date the reimbursement is due. He said RUSS’s loan isn’t due until the end of the year.
The new Environmental Health director Jennine Wolf is helping the supervisors make progress with the Richmond and Rubio sanitary sewer systems, Seward said. He said he is happy with Jennine’s efforts and with the progress the county is making to comply with state regulations.
The supervisors also approved a personnel change request that raises Wolf’s salary for her new position from $2,169 biweekly to $2,229 biweekly. The salary increase is equal to the salary the previous director received.

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