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Van Buren agrees to lease terms

County to lease cropland, pasture to Nathan DeLong
By Rusty Ebert, Ledger correspondent | Aug 09, 2017

KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors and Nathan DeLong reached agreement on leasing the county farm ground for two more years under the same terms as the current lease.

Supervisors approved continuing the lease at its regular meeting Monday. The price for the pasture ground, totaling 215 acres, is $10,750, per year and crop ground of 129 acres is $27,348.

The county will consider improvements to the property. Supervisor Bob Waugh will tour the ground with Hayes DeLong, who was also present for the discussion, to look at the fencing needs.

In other news:

• On the recommendation of the county recorder, Lisa Crane, Douds, was appointed as deputy county recorder, effective Aug. 17 at a salary of $15.25 per hour.

• The board held public hearings on two bridge replacement projects, the Cox Bridge (on 120th Street east of Selma over Stump Creek) and the Throckmorton Bridge (on 180th Street over Rock Creek east of Mt. Zion). Estimated cost of the Cox Bridge is $513,000.

“That is probably on the high side,” said Van Buren County Engineer Ryne Thornburg.

It is scheduled for a Dec. 19 letting, but it depends on getting an easement from the Cox family. The Throckmorton bridge, estimated to cost $506,000, is all set for letting in November. Both bridges will be replaced with a triple box culvert. If the Cox bridge easements aren’t finalized, plans are in place for a bridge replacement on Quail Avenue.

• The city of Milton asked the county if it would be interested in reshaping some of its gravel roads. The city would pay for the gravel and county’s costs to do the work. The streets would not be in the farm-to-market system that the county already maintains. Thornburg said he would have no problem, but deferred to the judgment of the supervisors. He added that Cantril and Milton are the only incorporated towns in the county that maintain gravel roads.

Thornburg said it would behoove the county to at least consider it “as costs continue to go up for the cities, the costs of un-incorporating look better for some cities, although I don’t think that will happen here.”

Waugh said he “totally” understood the city of Milton’s position, “but what if we get complaints about why Milton is getting their gravel roads maintained and ours aren’t?”

Supervisor Ted Nixon recommended tabling the matter.

• Thornburg said the state of Iowa continues to move closer to finishing the Douds bridge project. One issue is that of lights at the end of the bridge and whether the DOT would replace them. The DOT has said there weren’t lights, but Waugh said there were.

• Thornburg said a survey in Douds is complete and property pins are in place.

• Norris Asphalt will begin an overlay project the week of Aug. 21.

• The board approved request from Boyd Grocery, Inc., for renewal of a Class E Liquor License, including Sunday sales. The board approved a five-day Class B beer permit for State Line Rally.

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