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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2014

Supervisors discuss Lee County project

By Linda Wenger | Aug 29, 2014
Photo by: Linda Wenger The Washington County Board of Supervisors held a work session Thursday evening with two Lee County supervisors and the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) director. Seated with his back to the camera is Randy Berg of Richmond. From left are Lee County Supervisor Ron Fedler, RUSS Director Bruce Hudson, Lee County Supervisor Ernie Schiller, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer and Washington County supervisors Bob Yoder, Jack Seward Jr., Steve Davis, Richard Young and Stan Stoops.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors met with two Lee County supervisors and the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) director during a work session Thursday evening to learn more about a proposed sewer system for Mooar/Powdertown community in Lee County.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said he wanted the Lee County supervisors to convince the Washington County board to support the project, which would be a RUSS-managed system. He said that Washington County supervisors wanted to make sure the Lee County project would not be a repeat of what happened in Richmond and Rubio.
Lee County Supervisor Ernie Schiller said that there are 50 homes in Mooar/Powdertown that were built during World War II. The homes were built close together so there isn’t room for individual onsite septic systems.
In 2009, Schiller said, many residents of Mooar/Powdertown found they couldn’t sell their homes because the septic systems did not meet time-of-transfer regulations. He said the residents came to the Lee County Board of Supervisors and asked the board to help them solve their problem.
Lee County Supervisor Ron Fedler said the community is in favor of the system.
RUSS director Bruce Hudson said that Mooar/Powdertown knows the “whats and wheres” of the project.
What is going on in Lee County is an issue for the 10 counties that are members of RUSS. Each of the counties will eventually have to approve formal action that would allow the project to proceed. Hudson said that ultimately, 100 percent of the counties have to approve the project.
When asked if Lee County has a backup plan if the counties fail to approve moving forward, Fedler said there is no backup plan. He said Mooar/Powdertown might have to be shut down.
“If the residents know what the options are, who are we to say no?” Seward said.
The meeting lasted just under an hour.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors’ next meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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