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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 28, 2014

Supervisors to hear from Richmond residents

By Linda Wenger | Jan 16, 2013

The residents of Richmond will have the opportunity to present alternatives to the lagoon system that has been designed and proposed to provide a sanitary sewer system for the unincorporated community.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors will hold a work session beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Holy Trinity Parish Life Center, located at 575 Howard St. in Richmond.

Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. laid out a framework for the work session during the board’s weekly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15. He suggested starting the meeting by summarizing the goals for the session.

Following that, he said, would be a two-hour session devoted to presentations by Richmond residents to propose alternative solutions to the lagoon system. He said residents could offer their solutions in a five- to 10-minute presentation.
After that portion of the meeting, Seward recommended taking a 30-minute break “for individuals to gather into small groups or discuss amongst themselves what they heard and what they think might be viable. Then we come back for a time to identify what the residents believe might be promising solutions.”

Following that segment of the meeting, Seward said there would be time for the general public to comment.

“Like I said before, this program or this discussion should be primarily involving the residents themselves, but since it is a work session that is going to be announced and it’s a public meeting, then there would be time for public comment or public input for folks who are not residents and affected directly.”

David Rosen, Richmond resident and a member of Residents for a Better Richmond, said that information about the current plan should be provided because “there are a lot of misconceptions about the current plan out there.” He also wanted the work session to address “what’s wrong with the current plan.”

“I don’t want to get into the same old arguments,” Seward said. “I don’t want to put out something to be argued about. I want something to be put out that is an idea that can be constructive that we can move forward on.”

Rosen said that he would support the meeting.

The supervisors unanimously approved a motion to hold the work session.
After the agenda items were completed, Supervisor Stan Stoops said he would like to have a meeting on the zoning ordinance and possibly setting a vote on the ordinance. He also wants an evening meeting.

Board chairman Ron Bennett asked for county residents to send e-mails to the supervisors at <supervisors@co.washington.ia.us> about a zoning ordinance meeting.

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