Richmond, Rubio deadline nearsSupervisors await information from county attorney
The Washington County Board of Supervisors received an update on the English River Watershed Management Authority (ERWMA), personnel change requests from the county conservation board, acknowledged centerline painting quotes from the Secondary Roads Department and approved a resolution to terminate a 28E agreement between Washington and Keokuk counties for temporary engineer services at Tuesday morning’s weekly meeting.
Jody Bailey of the ERWMA told the board that the newest member of the group is the Poweshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Of the 26 potential members, there are now 13 organizations that are members of the ERWMA.
She said that Washington County farmer and Farm Bureau member Steve Berger has been added to the board as an ex officio member. She said the board would like one more adviser from an agricultural organization such as the Pork Producers, Iowa Soybean Association or the Corn Growers Association.
Berger will be involved in an event in May for the Women, Food and Agriculture network. Bailey said that the network, in part, educates women who may not have much agriculture experience.
As for personnel changes in the conservation department, the supervisors acknowledged the hiring of Mark Even as the new county park ranger.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. wanted those present to understand that the board would be acknowledging the hiring as paperwork and procedure.
“It does not denote any involvement of any of the supervisors in the decision to fill the slot of the ranger position at Marr Park,” he said.
The board also acknowledged the hiring of two summer workers for the conservation department.
County engineer Jacob Thorius told the board that he received four quotes for centerline painting on paved county roads. He said that about 155 miles of centerline painting will happen this summer. The lowest quote was $14.69 a gallon. He estimates that 2,169 gallons of paint would be needed for the job for a total estimate of $31,864.78. The work will be done by Vogel Travel Services of Orange City.
Thorius said that centerline painting is done every other year and edge lines are painted every five years.
In changing topics, Thorius also reviewed a 28E agreement Washington County has had with Keokuk County for engineering services, the termination of which was approved by resolution. In 2011, Keokuk County needed to hire a county engineer, and per the agreement, Keokuk County worked with Washington County’s engineer until Keokuk County had a qualified engineer.
In other business, Seward reported that the county has six homeowners who do not have septic systems that meet the requirements. He is still waiting for information from county attorney Larry Brock, as the clock ticks down to the June 1 deadline.
He also said that he is scheduled to meet with someone from the Habitat for Humanity organization about handling charitable donations for the homeowners who cannot afford to put in the required septic system.
Four of the six homeowners, Seward said, will voluntarily allow the county to install the systems and have the cost to do so added to their property taxes.
The Richmond and Rubio projects are likely to be on next week’s board meeting, Seward said, to discuss and review the projects.
Supervisor Stan Stoops said the Washington County Conservation Board will meet Wednesday, April 23, at the Conservation Education Center. He said the meeting would start at 4 p.m. However, conservation director Steve Anderson said the meeting is set for 4:30 p.m.