The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Tuesday and opened bids for lease on 36.41 acres of County owned property in Spring Township Section 20.
Doug Stowater, Ray Mullins, and Bar-D-Bar Farms all submitted bids. The highest bid for leasing the property was from Bar-D-Bar Farms at $151.50 per acre. Stowater and Mullins' both bid $135 per acre.
Shortly after the highest bid was announced, Daryl Ducommun of Bar-D-Bar Farms pointed out to the Board that the map that was prepared by the Cherokee County Farm Service Agency was not accurate. The area to be leased is located next to the Larrabee gravel pit near C-16 and over the years the county has mined away the tillable soil. It was Ducommun's opinion that only 31.49 acres were still tillable.
When realizing the discrepancy, the Board motioned to table all bids until a more accurate map and clarification of the tillable land on the acreages were resolved. The Board indicated it would contact the other two parties who submitted bids and inform them of the accurate number of acres.
The three parties will now resubmit their bids, which will be opened Tuesday at the Board's regular meeting. The Board also said it would consult with County Attorney Ryan Kolpin about the issue.
Duccomun has farmed the ground in the past, paying cash rent to the County.
In other business, the Board discussed general business with Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan who gave a quick update on a couple of bridge projects.
Kristi Petersen, assistant at the Cherokee County Auditor's Office, addressed the Board on starting a County Wellness Program. She asked for the Board's support for promoting a healthier life style for county employees at the Cherokee County Courthouse, such as walking together on their lunch hours. The Board granted its support to Petersen.
The Board then approved a series of letters of support for the Public Health tobacco grant, 4-H Betterment Project, and detour letter to the Iowa Department of Transportation for the annual Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo parade.
The final bit of business for the Board on Tuesday was the approval of Amendment #3 to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant that will add an additional