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RUSS: Some Mt. Union residents haven’t paid May bills

Jun 16, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


There may be several more Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) special assessments on Mt. Union residential tax bills.

Bruce Hudson, RUSS executive director, told RUSS board members June 14 that several Mt. Union residents have yet to pay their May sewer bills. May bills were due June 15, and Hudson said payments not received will be added to special assessments which will appear on the September property tax bills.

Hudson also told the board that Henry County has paid the delinquent amount owed by Mt. Union residents. The county paid RUSS nearly $50,000 for delinquent bills and the money will be recouped over several years through a special assessment on property tax bills.

Also, beginning with the June billing, sewer bills for Mt. Union residents will be paid by the county with the amount paid added to tax bills. Mt. Union residents will pay $60.66 monthly in sanitation sewer fees, beginning July 1.

RUSS is looking for another employee. Sanitation sewer operator Greg Lemke resigned effective June 2. Hudson said the closing date for applications is June 16, and he already has received a number of applications.

“I feel we will be able to fill it rather quickly,” Hudson said, referring to the opening.

RUSS Finance Manager Deb Breeden’s request to be put on the Lee County health insurance plan was approved. Most RUSS employees, if they opt for the company health insurance plan, are on the Lee County plan since the county is the fiscal agent for RUSS.

Breeden was receiving a $500 monthly stipend for private health insurance but many of the companies offering private plans through the Affordable Care Act have discontinued offering insurance in Iowa. Consequently, Breeden had to look elsewhere for health insurance.

In addition to giving up her $500 health insurance stipend, Breeden said she would forego her 2-percent raise if allowed to join the Lee County health insurance plan.

RUSS board members also heard a presentation from MSA, a sanitary sewer engineering firm from Cedar Rapids. MSA would like some of RUSS’ engineering contracts. No action was taken by the board.

A city council member from Pleasant Plain also visited with the board and Hudson, seeking clarification on the indemnification clause in the 28E agreement between the community and RUSS.

RUSS board members meet next on Wednesday, July 12, at 9 a.m., in the Henry County Emergency Management Building in Mt. Pleasant.


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