Supervisors approve changes to 28E agreement with RUSS
The Washington County Board of Supervisors approved the amended and substituted joint agreement for the erection, maintenance and operation of plants and systems for sanitary sewer services with the Regional Utility Service Systems Commission (RUSS) on a 4-to-1 vote Tuesday morning during the board’s weekly meeting. Supervisor Ron Bennett cast the no vote.
The supervisors also approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of the General Obligation Sewer Improvement Loan Agreement Anticipation Project Note in principal not to exceed $273,000. Again the vote was 4 to 1 with Bennett voting no.
Bennett is concerned that Washington County Attorney Larry Brock’s estimate of $30,000 in legal fees for eminent domain is too low. Brock was present and he said that the $30,000 is his estimate.
The board did not take comments from the audience on the matter. David Rosen of Richmond, an opponent to the proposed Richmond sewer system, did not realize the time for public comment had ended. He said he had questions he wanted to ask Brock.
Brock said that the meeting was adjourned and that if Rosen wanted to ask the question, Brock would see him in Brock’s office. Rosen did not like that option, so his questions went unasked.
Earlier in the meeting, county auditor Dan Widmer opened bids for leasing 108.14 acres of farm ground for next year. He received two bids. Jeff and Jason Bell submitted a bid for $185 per acre and Nicholas Duvall submitted a bid for $200. According to the rules, each of the bidders could increase their bids during the meeting. The final bid came from Jason Bell for $275 per acre.
The supervisors also adopted a resolution pertaining to the redesign of publicly funded mental health and disability services in the state. The
resolution allows Washington County to participate in the planning and development of a southeast Iowa region that includes the counties of Des Moines, Henry, Keokuk, Lee and Van Buren. Bobbie Wulf, director of Mental Health and Disability Services in Washington County, said the planning and development might lead to a 28E agreement with some or all of the counties.
In other business, the board approved the second reading and waived the third reading of a text amendment to the zoning ordinance and an amendment to the zoning map.
Supervisor Jim Miksch reported that the county public health administrator, Edie Nebel, has resigned with an effective date of Feb. 28, 2013. He also said that board of health member Dr. Donald Miller’s term will expire at the end of the year. The board of health will need to replace him with a medical doctor.
Next week’s board meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The Board of Supervisors Room will be used as a voting site in the General Election on Nov. 6.