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County supervisors to vote on I-Green contract

Published: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 11:16 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 11:18 a.m. CST

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Jasper County Board of Supervisors will take the final steps to close out the previous deal it had struck with the I-Green Learning Center.

County Attorney Mike Jacobsen will present two action items to the board with regard to I-Green. The first is a vote on accepting a quit deed from the center versus a contract forfeiture. The second is a vote on paying the property taxes on the land the center was at.

In June, I-Green Director Phil Stender came to the board to inform them the project no longer had enough funding to continue operations.

“At this time, we have no funds and our intention is to dissolve the corporation,” Stender said in the June 25 meeting. “I apologize for the late timing in coming to you with this. We didn’t know we weren’t going to have funds until late last week. My request this time is that the county release us from our contractual obligation.”

The I-Green facility was located at the site of the former Jasper County Care Facility. In 2010, Stender proposed to the board that I-Green would pay $550,000 in annual payments of $33,328 for the next four years. When payments reached $200,000, the county will forgive the remainder, $350,000, as part of a grant to facilitate the construction and operation of the facility.

All three board members expressed disappointment in the facility’s closure at the time and will likely approve both of Jacobsen’s requests.

County Engineer Russ Stutt will ask the board to accept the low bid from Indianola-based Herberger Construction for a bridge project. The amount of the contract is $245,432.30 and the Meadow Avenue Bridge over Cherry Creek south of Newton would be replaced if approved.

Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott is looking to have the county renew its contract with Columbus, Ohio-based Cott Systems for 36 months at $1,490 per month. Cott’s provides her office with software and hardware maintenance.

Jasper County Maintenance Director Adam Sparks will present bids on carpet for the county assessor’s office. The low bid comes from Newton-based The Floor Store for the amount of $4,681.62.

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.