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Supervisors prepare plan of action

County, DNR prepare letter to residents of Richmond, Rubio
By Linda Wenger | May 07, 2013
Just before the Tuesday morning meeting was adjourned, Supervisor Jack Seward asked County Attorney Larry Brock if Brock was available to meet with him right after the meeting. Seward said he had some questions about Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) contracts. Seward represents Washington County on the RUSS Board. RUSS will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in Mt. Pleasant.

By Linda Wenger
Residents of Richmond and Rubio will receive a letter from the county and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at an unspecified date in the future.
During Tuesday morning’s weekly meeting, Washington County Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. updated the supervisors on the progress of the sewer situation.  He said that he has had a conversation and exchanged e-mails with Russell Royce of the DNR about the letter. The letter, which isn’t completed yet, will explain what will be coming for the residents in the future.
“Jeff Thomann and I will be meeting, as he has time, to establish a proposed timeline on what we need to accomplish,” Seward said. “If anybody has comments, please send them in.”
Board chairman Ron Bennett said that he, Seward and Thomann, the county sanitarian, met last week and developed a plan of action.
Seward also said the county is preparing a list of resources, which will become available when it is complete.
He also reported that he will attend Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) board in Mt. Pleasant.
According to RUSS’s agenda for the board meeting, the direction for Richmond/Rubio and Ollie will be discussed with Garden & Associates under engineering reports. Garden & Associates is the engineering firm that worked with Washington County officials on the Richmond and Rubio sanitary sewer systems.
In other business, county engineer Jacob Thorius recommended the supervisors award the contract for fiscal year 2014 fuel bids to Agriland FS, which submitted the lowest bids of the three suppliers that submitted bids. The other two companies were Kalona Oil and Cobb Oil.
Thorius said the bids came in at less than half of this year’s price. Agriland FS’s margin bid for enthanol-blended gasoline is .0075 cents per gallon, and .0124 on each of No. 1 and No. 2 diesel.
Kalona Oil’s bids were 2 cents for each type of fuel. Cobb Oil’s bids were .0144 on the three types of fuel.
The supervisors approved the recommendation.
In their final remarks, supervisors Stan Stoops, Seward and Bob Yoder said they would attend the English River Watershed meeting in North English Tuesday night. County zoning administrator Steve Lafaurie also plans to attend.

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