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September 7, 2017 Land issues main action for Washington County supervisors
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The Washington County supervisors were in an approving mode Tuesday with passage of three resolutions and motions for a personnel change, a purchase contract and a Letter of Engagement.

Following a public hearing, the board unanimously approved the release of the county easement involving property that had served in development of the Kewash Nature Trail.

County Attorney John Gish explained the easement dated to 1989 and is for “just a small sliver” of land bordering the trailhead. That area is now being re-routed to go south and the easement is no longer need, he explained. In fact, it now goes through two ag businesses and presents some problems for trucks related to the businesses, he noted.

The action released the easement to the Keota Farmers Cooperative without any cost to the county. The City of Keota, however, will purchase the small parcel, Gish said, adding the move is of benefit to both the county and the city. The practical result is that that part of the trail “will be more accessible” to users, he said.

The only caution is that if the railroad should be reinstituted at that location (which was once part of the railbed), the easement can be reclaimed by the government, said Gish.

Approval of the minor plat for the Spence Subdivision at 1184 Vine Avenue, Riverside, deferred from last week, was by a 4-1 vote with Bob Yoder opposed.

In recommending approval, Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. noted approval by all pertinent county agencies, the DNR, and that after reviewing the plan he found “no conditions to warrant disapproval.” The plot is for residential use only, despite being near a hog building operation where there already is a residence.

There were no issues regarding 5-0 approval of a resolution to apply for a $2.4 million grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) to help with providing an $11.4 million new communications facility.

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