The Fremont County Board of Supervisors approved awarding two debris removal contracts to Southwest Iowa Parking Lot Maintenance, at their May 28 meeting.

The two contracts were for cleaning up flood debris, one for areas in the county north of Baseline Road (No. 1), and the other for areas south of Baseline Road (No. 2).

Trent Tiemeyer, owner of Southwest Iowa Parking Lot Maintenance, was the only one to bid on these two contracts. Tiemeyer bid $90,000 for contract number one and $70,000 for contract number two.

Tiemeyer and the supervisors discussed when the work could actually start, agreeing that many of the roads would still be underwater and/or closed for some time, making a start date hard to plan. It was agreed Tiemeyer would keep in contact with the Fremont County Roads Department to determine when he might be able to start cleanup.

In conjunction with the discussion of flood debris, underwater roads, and flooded roads, the supervisors briefly discussed the evacuation order. Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius told the supervisors he had just received a call from Homeland Security that morning telling him about a planned 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) release increase at Gavins Point. Crecelius added that the Nishnabotna River was expected to peak at over 27 feet that week, too, and suggested the evacuation order should remain. The supervisors agreed the flooding situation had not improved and could get worse in the near future, and kept the evacuation order in place, planning to review it again the next week.

The supervisors opened a public hearing to open and hear the bids on the property at 809 Ohio Street in Sidney. Richard Rasmussen submitted a bid of $2,000, and Taylor Parton, who had been the original party wanting to buy the property, didn’t submit a written bid. The supervisors discussed Parton’s original oral offer of $2,500 at a mid-April supervisor meeting, but decided he should have submitted a written bid. Ultimately, it didn’t matter, because the supervisors had already decided the minimum bid would be $4,000, based on the value of the property. No action was taken on bids received.

In other business, the supervisors approved:

payment of $2,902.60 to McClure Engineering, as the last payment on the J-18 box replacement, and

the budget amendment for publication, with the understanding the public hearing on the budget amendment will be held June 11 at 9:30 a.m.

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