The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted four to one against a resolution supporting a sewer system project with Regional Utility Service Systems, or RUSS, in the Mooar Powdertown area of Lee County. Supervisor Jack Seward who represents Washington County on the RUSS board said this may be leverage for the counties wishing to leave RUSS. Every county involved in RUSS has to pass a resolution in support of a project before bonds may be issued.
Supervisor Richard Young said many of the people of that area live on fixed incomes and the monthly costs have yet to be determined but Seward explained the monthly fee is based on the final price of the system, which is in part determined by bids received from contractors and any delays.
The supervisors also passed a motion for Seward to approach the RUSS board regarding Washington County’s desire to modify the 28-E agreement. Wapello County has also rejected the resolution to issue bonds for the Mooar Powdertown project.