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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 20, 2014

RUSS Board discusses Ollie project

By Trisha Phelps | Aug 18, 2014

MT. PLEASANT — With an unusually light agenda at Wednesday’s meeting, the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) board saw the executive director’s update as the focal point of the monthly meeting.
One of the concerns Executive Director Bruce Hudson brought before the board of directors involved the new project in Ollie.
“With the Ollie project, we are right there to start going out for bids,” began Hudson. “There are just a few things that have come up that we wanted to discuss with the community before we proceed. It isn’t a huge thing, more of just some trends we are seeing that we wanted to bring to their attention.”
These trends, explained Hudson, are with the bids the project engineer has been receiving reflecting an increase of costs beyond what was anticipated.
“We just want to discuss this with the community and see what they want to do as far as if waiting would be the right thing,” said Hudson. “Everything is higher – quite a bit higher – and they aren’t getting as many bids for contractors as they had anticipated.”
In an update about the progress in Mount Union, Husdon relayed to the directors that the situation is very much still a work in progress.
“We are still working with Mount Union on settlement there as far as when they are going to pay from the lawsuit,” said Hudson. “We are also working with the USDA on what we do in the future because of the money owed not coming in yet expenses are still going out. There are some things we are probably going to have to address come September.”
Hudson also informed the supervisors during his update that his personal vehicle had been broken into, resulting in RUSS credit cards being stolen.
“My car got broken into last week,” began Hudson. “My personal vehicle, which had my wallet and stuff in there including company credit cards. We got them all canceled and ordered new cards the next day.”
Hudson informed the board that while it did not look as if there had been any unusual activity on the cards, he felt it prudent to let the directors know what had occurred.
The board also:
• Approved minutes from the July 9 meeting;
• Discussed the workers compensation maintenance agreement.
The next RUSS meeting will be Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Henry County Emergency Management Building.

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