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.”
• Rip rap has been added to the McKinney pond, and mud has been cleaned up. So far, the beaver is happy, he can play around and has not created the mess as before, Barrett commented.
• Barrett will meet with Norris Asphalt Sept. 4 for a pre-construction meeting on the two blacktop overlay projects. Waugh asked if certain portions of V-64 south of Douds, which need immediate attention, could be worked on while Norris has their equipment in the county.
“I’m afraid we’re going to lose some places in the road,” Waugh said. Barrett said he would talk with Norris.
• Barrett said there would be ditch cleaning along Eagle Drive in the Douds-Selma area.
• Ken Crabill, Keosauqua, was present to discuss the possibility of placing a “Freedom” rock in the county G.A.R. Park and his plans to discuss this project with the various county legion organizations for funding.
• Upon request of the employee and upon recommendation of the county engineer, the motion accepting the resignation of secondary road office manager Julie Glueck on May 13, 2013, was amended to reflect an effective date of Sept. 30, 2013, which is a day later than the previous motion.
• A resignation from secondary road employee Ronald Wixom, effective Sept. 27, 2013, was accepted, with regrets and a thank you for his 37 years of service to the county.
• The county engineer was authorized to advertise for a position of a full-time equipment operator in the secondary road department.
• Julie Carpenter, Keosauqua, was appointed as VBC Recycling Manager, effective this date, at a salary of $10.50 per hour with an increase of up to 50 cents per hour approved upon successful completion of a six-month probationary period.
• Jim Jester was present to discuss the county farm rental agreement. He requested that the board, if they were to take it to bid, would put it in one contract instead of two.
Currently, Jester rents the county farm ground, but it is in two contracts. There are crop acres and pasture acres (119 tillable and 215 pasture and hay). If it were split up among two different renters, that could create problems for fencing and also if cattle got loose in the crop areas.
“I would like to see one, not two renters,” Jester suggested.
Supervisors took his request under advisement.
Jester asked the board to consider re-negotiating instead of putting it up for bids.
“I feel an obligation to open the ground for bids,” Waugh said.
Nixon and Waugh said they had been contacted with that request.
Jester said he understood but emphasized the work he has done to meet the contract and improve the land. Going to bid entails a risk to supervisors, he said.
“The last time it went to bid, it cost the county $9,200 because he didn’t take care of the pasture fence,” Jester said.
Waugh said it would be up to the supervisors to enforce the contract.
The board will put the county farm ground up for bids to rent.