June 18, 2013

Supervisors look to sell county shop building in Leighton

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors is getting ready to sell the county shop building in Leighton.

The supervisors discussed and approved the particulars of an advertisement for the 24 foot by 48 foot wood-framed building at 308 Otley St., Leighton at their meeting Monday.

County officials will accept sealed bids at the auditor's office until 4:30 p.m. July 12. Board Chairman Greg Gordy said the top five bidders would have the opportunity at the July 15 supervisors meeting to increase their bids by $100 increments.

“It'd be like a live auction,” he said.

In other action, Kalona city officials discussed the possibility of Mahaska County joining a watershed management organization for the English River.

Barnes City is in the English River watershed; the watershed encompasses a six-county area. Kalona city officials are concerned about flooding and issues such as soil erosion. Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said a cohesive group of city, county and soil conservation groups in the watershed is needed to apply for state and federal funds.The collaborative group could bring resources to the area.

Schlabaugh said he had a draft 28E agreement that is “a working document” that includes no tax authority and no eminent domain — it's a voluntary process.

Schlabaugh said work still needs to be done on the organization's governing body and how it will work.

Gordy said he had concerns about liability issues if Mahaska County joined the organization. He favored working with local projects such as the Muchakinock Watershed that benefits more of the county.

Supervisor Mark Doland said he'd like to see more information about the issue.

The supervisors also unanimously disapproved the articles of agreement and bylaws of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com