County Bid Proposals & Sales

Buchanan County Pioneer Cemetery Commission is accepting sealed bid proposals at the Buchanan County Auditor's Office until 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 for lawn care on a per-job basis for the following locations:

  • Hickory Grove Cemetery – approx.  2 acres; 2553 Racine Ave., Winthrop, IA
  • Greenwood Cemetery – approx.  ½ acre; 1579 330th St., Brandon, IA.
  • Shady Grove Cemetery – approx.  ½ acre; 2845 Benson Shady Grove Ave., Jesup, IA
  • County Home Cemetery (Poor Farm) – approx.  ½ acre; 2012 205th St., Independence, IA
  • Kint Cemetery – approx.  2/3 acre;  2036 105th St., Oelwein, IA  
Prospective bidders are advised to inspect the cemeteries.  Frequency of mowing and trimming will be a variable, according to factors of weather, soil, shade, etc.  During the season of peak growth, low-maintenance cemeteries (Kint and Hickory Grove) should be mowed at approximate two-week intervals.  Minimum maintenance cemeteries (County Home, Shady Grove and Greenwood) should be mowed at approximate three-week intervals.  During periods of slower growth, these intervals may be extended.  Any significant departure from these schedules will need Pioneer Cemetery Commission approval, as would mowing after September 1, 2019.  Trimming can be done every second mowing but will be based on need. 

Within two week(s) following the County’s acceptance of a bid, the successful bidder must provide to the County proof of adequate liability insurance coverage.  For purposes of this paragraph, “adequate liability insurance coverage” shall mean coverage amount of not less than Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000) for personal injury proximately caused by negligence of the contractor, Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($600,000) for any one accident proximately caused by negligence of the contractor, and Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000) for any damage to property proximately caused by negligence of the contractor.  Said insurance policy shall name Buchanan County as an insured.  Failure to provide such proof within the two-week period shall be grounds for setting aside the bid and reopening the bidding process.

All bids shall be submitted on bid proposal forms which can be obtained at the County Auditor’s office, 210 5th Ave. N.E., Independence, IA or this Lawn Care Proposal link.  Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope mailed and received or given to the Buchanan County Auditor’s office not later than 9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019.  The words “cemetery lawn bid” must be written on the outside of the envelope.  Bids will be opened beginning at 7:00 p.m., March 28, 2019 at the Pioneer Cemetery Committee meeting to be held at the Buchanan County Senior Center at 7:00 p.m.  The Commission reserves the right to reject any or all bids. 

Contact Bill Reedy at 319-474-2443 or 319-961-5362 for other details or specific conditions.