Mar 6, 2014 - From staff reportsThe lessee said he intends to grow sugar beets on the irrigable property.
Fremont County School District 38 has approved a three-year lease agreement with Brett Weber for a total of 80 acres of land -- 70 of which is irrigable property.
The board of trustees approved the lease during a regular meeting Feb. 17. The lease gives the trustees the option of canceling the agreement each year.
The property is located behind Arapaho Charter High School and has an irrigation ditch that runs through it.
The district advertised the lease agreement, offering it to anyone interested in acquiring it for agricultural purposes. The lease previously was held by Weber Farms Incorporated. Brett Weber was present at the school board meeting and said his aunt held the lease for alfalfa and corn, and he was interested in growing sugar beets instead.
The lease was approved with an annual payment of $6,900. The new tenant may use the property for pasture but would be responsible for the maintenance, repair and placement of any fence used to enclose livestock. The tenant also would be required to control noxious weeds.
In his letter to the agreement, Weber agreed to remove the Russian olive trees on the property and clean the silt out of the concrete ditches.
The 80 acres initially were purchased with the idea of expanding the school campus. With no plans to grow, district staff said they will continue to pursue tenants.
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