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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 31, 2014

Washington County donates $15,000 to Lake Darling State Park

By LINDA WENGER | May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) – Making a donation to a state park and taking another step forward on the Richmond and Rubio sanitary sewer projects occupied much of the Washington County Board of Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday morning.

The Friends of Lake Darling will receive a $15,000 donation from Washington County for the four-season cabins project at Lake Darling State Park.

The board approved a motion to donate $10,000 in the current fiscal year and $5,000 in the next fiscal year. According to Fay Vittetoe of the Friends group, the project could receive a matching donation of the $10,000, and double the money.

Four of the supervisors visited Lake Darling State Park, and the fifth, Richard Young, is going to tour the park this week. They all had complimentary comments about the condition of the lake.

Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. said that there are residents who do not want to spend county tax dollars for a state park. They want county tax funds to stay in the county.

However, the economic boost the newly restored lake is expected to draw when it opens was a major reason the supervisors unanimously approved the request.

The supervisors moved forward with solving the sanitary sewer issues in Richmond and Rubio. They approved two applications for county-financed septic systems in Richmond and three in Rubio. They also adopted five resolutions approving the agreements.

Seward, who made all of the motions for the paperwork, said the paperwork allows contractors to begin working on the septic systems. He also thinks the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will accept the county’s work to bring both communities into compliance by June 1. He said he is meeting with DNR officials next week.

“I think we are in good shape,” he said.

Margie Roth of Habitat for Humanity attended the meeting and spoke about how charitable donations may be made for the homeowners who had no way of paying for the systems. The donations would defray the expenses of the contractor installing the septic system and lower the assessed amount of the individual property owners’ property taxes.

Roth said Habitat for Humanity would accept donations for specific homeowners or communities or all five. She asks that donors give clear instructions about how the donations are to be made and to include contact information.

Donations may be sent to Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 513, Washington, IA 52353. Prospective donors may call Habitat at 319-337-8949.

Seward said that a faith-based group in Rubio and the Residents for a Better Richmond are making donations to the homeowners.

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