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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2014

Supervisor to hand-deliver check to RUSS

By Linda Wenger | Nov 19, 2013
Supervisors Jack Seward Jr. (left) and Bob Yoder discuss the proposed use of all-terrain vehicles on county roads.

The Regional Utility Service Systems will receive a $386,194 check from Washington County today. Washington County Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. told the supervisors, this morning during their weekly meeting, that he was going to deliver the check in person.
“We reserve the right to dispute certain invoices if they are found to be inappropriate or not proper,” Seward said. “So we’re leaving it open to that.”
Next on the agenda was the proposal to permit all-terrain vehicles (ATV) on county roads. Seward said that Ken Miller, the person who is to present more information, isn’t ready to do so yet. Miller is looking into age restrictions and some other issues, Seward said.
Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius said that the state is working on a law allowing ATVs to be used for recreational riding.
“I haven’t pursued anything with our group to getting together,” Thorius said. “I don’t want to waste time putting together an ordinance if we’re not going to do it because we’re waiting to see what the state does.”
Supervisor Richard Young said that the Iowa House passed legislation on this topic, but that the Senate did not.
“That committee needs to meet,” said Supervisor Stan Stoops. “We have over 100 signatures (on a petition) in the minutes. We don’t have 100 people saying no, we have 100 people saying yes. My take on that is that the committee needs to meet to work on it.”
Public Health Director Danielle Pettit-Majewski said that if the county has a public forum, “You will have opposition.”
No formal action was taken.
Before adjourning, Seward said the English River Watershed Management Association is looking for a farmer in the affected area who could provide input and guidance. Farmers interested should contact the supervisors.

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