The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

August 28, 2013

Van Buren Co. looks at construction projects

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the low bid to re-roof the north side of the courthouse annex.

Two bids were received: Reese Home Construction, LLC, Keosauqua, for $8,700 and C.M. Enterprises, Keosauqua, for $7,145. The low bid of C.M. Enterprises was accepted.

Supervisors also authorized Vice Chairman Bob Waugh to sign a building contract with JDM Contracting of West Point for the county shop expansion addition. Waugh asked Barrett if floor heating couldn’t be made part of the project.

“If we’re going to do it, I think we need to look at the most efficient way and whether it might pay for itself,” said Waugh. He asked Barrett to look into that possibility.

Supervisor Ted Nixon suggested the engineer consider putting the piping into the concrete and at a future time the system could be put in. Waugh said he would want it done now, if it is.

Barrett said if there are changes, it wouldn’t necessarily mean a different contract, but it could be done under a change order. He will explore the possibility.

Nixon wanted Barrett to reaffirm that the contract is for “everything,” including pouring the footings. Previously, Barrett said county workers could do some of the work. Barrett said it was, but the county employees would be involved for minor projects, “such as moving the propane tank,” Barrett said.

In other business:

• The board approved applying to SIDCA for match funding of a small retention pond on county property near Ridge Road and Walnut Road above Bentonsport. The pond would be like a tile-outlet terrace, on land owned by the county (it is part of the original public square platted more than 100 years ago).

“It would slow the flow of water down the hill,” Barrett said. The cost estimate is $20,000, with the county’s share half of that. “We would use county staff and equipment. Herb Schafer (the property owner adjacent to the project) loves it and will provide top soil.”

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