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RUSS asks for county’s intention for sewer projects

By Linda Wenger | Mar 26, 2013
Sitting together in the front row of today’s Washington County Board of Supervisors’ meeting from left are Don Kline, chairman of the Washington County Planning and Zoning Commission, county zoning administrator Steve Lafaurie and county attorney Larry Brock.

The Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) Board wants the Washington County Board of Supervisors to adopt two resolutions concerning the Richmond and Rubio sewer systems and RUSS would like to have a decision by April 10, 2013.
Supervisor Jack Seward presented the two resolutions to the board during the board’s weekly meeting Tuesday morning. He is the Washington County representative on the RUSS Board, which met last week.
Seward said the Richmond sewer system was on the RUSS agenda last week.
“They were concerned that the project has drug on quite a long time,” Seward said, “and so they decided to try and impose a deadline on us and what they proposed and asked me to bring to the board of supervisors are these resolutions.”
Seward said that Resolution 1314 concerns the Richmond sewer project and Resolution 1315 concerns the Rubio sewer project. The supervisors and county attorney Larry Brock spoke chiefly about the Richmond project.
Seward also said Tuesday morning that he was not proposing to offer a motion to sign the resolutions right away. He said he wanted to discuss the resolutions with Brock during a closed session following the supervisors’ weekly meeting.
“I think RUSS is looking for some vote from the board that you intend to get them an answer by April 10,” Brock said. “They’re not saying what the answer is.”
Brock also told the supervisors that they do not have to take action on the resolutions.
“I don’t know what RUSS’ position is going to be if you don’t pass them,” Brock said. “I don’t know if they’re going to consider that not moving forward.”
Supervisor Steve Davis asked if the supervisors should acknowledge the receipt of the resolutions. Supervisor Ron Bennett thought the board should acknowledge the resolutions.
The supervisors took no formal action on the resolutions. The resolutions will be on the supervisors’ agenda for Tuesday, April 2. Seward pointed out that the supervisors have another board meeting on April 9, the day before the proposed deadline.
Later in the meeting, Seward reported that RUSS discussed an agreement RUSS has with Garden & Associates for engineering on the Richmond and Rubio sewer systems. He said the agreement was for 22 months and that 37 months have gone by.
According to Seward, Garden & Associates said the agreement doesn’t reflect the cost and that an additional $117,550 would be needed to complete the projects.  Seward said he abstained from the RUSS Board vote.
Seward said he does not know if that cost would be due all at once or when the project is completed. He said he will ask for clarification.
In other business, Supervisor Stan Stoops said that he wants to allow the Planning and Zoning Commission time to complete their report on the impact of rescinding the county zoning ordinance. He did not ask that a committee to study a reverse setback ordinance be formed.
The supervisors voted to appoint Ann Williams to the Magistrate Nominating Commission. The appointment is due to the death of one of the commissioners. Williams will fill out the remaining term of office.
Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar was present to answer possible questions about two personnel change requests from his office. Eric Westendorf has resigned from being a reserve deputy and a part-time county jailer. Dunbar will replace Westendorf.
The supervisors agreed to hold a work session following the April 2 meeting to discuss the Secondary Roads Five-Year Construction Plan, which needs to be approved by April 15.

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