No bids offered for attorney office
A handful of people attended the 6 p.m. Monday auction of the former Jefferson County Attorney’s office on Broadway Avenue and within 20 minutes it was over with no one offering a bid.
Jefferson County Supervisor Dick Reed, conducting the auction, announced the minimum bid at $40,000 after saying a realty appraisal was at $50,000 and the county assessor valued the building at $76,000.
“It’s tax exempt this year because it’s owned by the county, and there would be no more taxes due this year,” Reed said. “This is a buy-as-is auction with 20 percent down today and the rest payable at closing.”
Reed said the office served the county attorney for 15 years. A furnace was replaced in 1998, a new roof was put on five or six years ago, the ceiling was insulated and new carpet recently laid. It is wired for phones and computers.
Reed told the people who showed up that if the building didn’t sell Monday at auction, the property would probably be listed with a realtor.
At Monday’s board of supervisors meeting, the supervisors approved contracts with Tenco and Optimae for mental health services.
Tenco executive director Ben Wright spoke to the supervisors at the meeting.
“Last year we built the hydroponic greenhouse in Fairfield and we’ve been selling about 400 pounds per week,” he said. “Our clients work at picking tomatoes, packing and selling them.”
In answer to supervisors’ questions, Wright said 34 residents live in Center Village of Tenco in Keosauqua; Tenco (originally named for serving 10 counties but now serves more than 10), has 120 vocational programs and is a non-profit corporation.
“Both Optimae and Tenco are local firms and it’s always nice to have administrative offices locally to work with,” said Reed.
In other business:
• County engineer Scott Cline said the intersection of Gear Avenue and Brookville Road has been patched; shoulder rock has been pulled in along business Highway 34 east of Fairfield; and Secondary Road crews have been tree trimming, road grading and mowing.
“Jefferson County has been added to the federal disaster declaration for the April 17 storm,” said Cline. “We already had been included in the state disaster announcement.”
Reed said during Monday’s scheduled road tour, he’d like to drive by the Brookville Road patched intersection and see the gravel roads up near Pekin that are supposed to get dust treatments.
• Supervisor Becky Schmitz reported attending two Early Childhood Board of Jefferson, Keokuk and Iowa Counties meetings in the past month.
“We are working with four ways to evaluate daycare centers and working to increase centers’ ratings,” she said. “Daycare centers are encouraged to self-assess to see where they can make improvements.”
Schmitz also said Iowa’s Tourism Convention annual state meeting will be held in Ottumwa and Fairfield in the fall of 2015.
“Tourism directors will sleep in Ottumwa and eat in Fairfield,” she said.
• Reed said Maasdam Barns will add a permanent display of a clothesline replica showing a quilt and farm family clothing such as bib overalls.
Maasdam Barns will host an evening meal on the Fourth of July, sponsored by Pathfinders RC&D and Hometown Harvest of Southeast Iowa. The “patriotic white tablecloth” dinner is 6-8 p.m. July 4; tickets are $35, sold by Hometown Harvest. Call 472-6177 for more information or tickets.