Shelby Co. (ECWd) –
The Shelby County Board approved the custom farming contract and steps to be taken to receive sealed bids and award the contract for next year’s wheat and bean crop.
For those interested in bidding on the custom farming of the Shelby County farm ground, please download all the files below for your review and submission as outlined in the documents.
The approval to put this out for bid is the first time in over 30 years the board has put it out for bid.
However, during the meeting, it appeared there was an attempt to continue circumventing the board’s authority by allowing the committee to select the winning bidder rather than the board, which is required by law. Two resolutions were presented for approval, one for the board to approve and one for the committee to approve. Fortunately, the board did approve the correct resolution that requires the board to determine who is the lowest responsible bidder. It was suggested in the past to have some type of scoring sheet to assist in determining what constitutes a “responsible” bidder however nothing has been publicly shared that would indicate that step has been taken or will be followed.
While Jeff Slifer placed the farm matters on the agenda, he stated after reading social media that day and with all the farm committee has gone through for the last year and a half that the Chairman should present the items because if he did he would go to jail. The video below begins with the farm-related agenda items and you can hear Slifer’s comments in the beginning.
The deadline for submitting bids is September 20, 2022, at 9 AM. Award of bids will take place at a Special County Board meeting which has not been set yet.
Shelby County Board Meeting Video – qued at the point of the farm contract discussion and approvals.