KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Board of Supervisors accepted the high bid for rental of farm ground at the county care facility during its Monday meeting. The county has 215 acres pasture and 129 acres tillable that will be rented out.
Nathan DeLong, Bonaparte, bid $38,098, $212 per acre for tillable and $50 pasture. Koellner Brothers bid $35,832, $208 per acre for crop and $7,000 total for pasture (the bidder noted a multiplication error and it should have been $33,832. The total bid stood, county officials stated, although it was moot since they were not the high bidder).
Aaron Hamberg bid $35,088, $192 per acre for tillable and $48 per acre for pasture. Jerry Francy-Francy Farms bid $30,143, $167 for tillable and $40 for pasture. Rick Spees bid $30,874, $176 for tillable and $38 for pasture. Jim Jester, who had held the contract, bid $27,141.60, $160 for crop and $30.24 for pasture. Mike Thomas bid $22,413.
The new contract is for two years. Prices above were for each year. The current contract draws $24,700 for the county.
The bid from DeLong was accepted.
In other business:
• Melissa Daugherty told the board that the county is a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Road Maps to Health prize. The organizers for the prize will be in Van Buren County next week. She also updated the board on the community transformation grant and its continuing contract, and the Robert Wood Johnson Road Map to Health Prize grant application, of which Van Buren County is a finalist. The chairman was authorized to sign a continuing contract between the VBC Board of Health and VBC Hospital regarding the Community Transformation Grant.
• There were 29 applications for the job of Equipment Operator I at the secondary road office. Fifteen were scheduled to be interviewed, but one declined so 14 were actually interviewed, Barrett said.
Barrett asked the board for permission to hire three. He stated that two plan to retire in June 2014 and another one plans surgery.