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Supervisors still debating ordinance to rescind zoning

Richmond, Rubio residents to receive second letter from the county
By Linda Wenger | Jul 16, 2013

Discussion continued on the draft of an ordinance to rescind zoning in Washington County Tuesday morning during the Washington County Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting.
Supervisor Stan Stoops said that he and supervisor Bob Yoder went to Greg Geerdes, an Iowa City attorney, to ask his advice on the ordinance. Stoops said that supervisor Jack Seward Jr. had also talked to Geerdes on the phone.  The draft ordinance Stoops passed to the supervisors Tuesday morning was developed with Geerdes. He said the county attorney and county auditor’s office have a copy of the draft ordinance.
Stoops had hoped the supervisors would make a decision on the draft ordinance Tuesday morning, but that didn’t happen.  The board made two decisions about revisions of the draft, but left a third revision for more study and discussion next week.
At the end of the meeting, county resident Les Zickefoose said he would like the supervisors to vote on the issue and to shorten up the process of getting to the vote.
In other business, Seward told the supervisors that he had a polished draft of a letter ready to be sent to residents of Richmond and Rubio, which they approved. The letter gives an update on where the county is concerning solving the sanitary sewer problems in the two unincorporated towns.
Seward also said that he has not received a response from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) concerning his plan to bring residences in the two communities into compliance with state law.
During last week’s board meeting, Seward said that he hoped the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) board, of which he’s a member, would let him know how much it will cost Washington County to close out of RUSS’s involvement in the sanitary sewer projects.  He reported Tuesday, July 16, that he did not receive a total of the expenses from RUSS.
In other business, the board approved a personnel change request to name Jennine Wolf as the interim director of the county environmental health department. The previous director, Jeff Thomann, is now working for the Iowa DNR.

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