City officials signed a three-year contract with Old Railroad Road resident Luke Kromer so he can plant soybeans and corn on five acres at 3807 W. Bogart Road near a firing range.
Despite agreeing to a deal this past Monday, the contract started in January and runs through 2016.
“It’s good land, and the location fits well,” said Kromer, who is just starting his personal farming venture.
Kromer agreed to pay $1,400 a year, the highest bid price among four applicants submitting offers.
Bouy Bros. Trucking company previously leased this land and submitted a bid price of $760 a year. City officials chose Kromer.
“The reason for the lease is simply that the city owns the property, and a farmer wants to farm it,” Klein said. “This is an opportunity to gain $1,400 per year, a mutually beneficial situation”