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are you finding out? xxx bartz land-s3pkg-1 lowerthird2line:concerns about land and competing business worth county, ia some people need to step down i think there's just too much conflict of interest lee kiewiet is the president of the manly terminal and has been for the last ten years. natural sound but around a year ago, kiewiet was approached by the port authority to see if he would need natrual gas at his terminal. bartz land-lpkg-3 we said no that that time we really didn't and still don't today bartz land-lpkg-5 he says it wasn't long after that - he learned county supervisor and port authority chairperson merlin barts purchased around 40 acres of land just south of the terminal. according to the worth county assessors office he bought the land for 10 thousand dollars an acre in febuary last year..that's more than three thousand dollars per acre more than average in worth county. after looking at the port authority minutes....39 days later the commission voted to purchase the land back from bartz for 25 thousand dollars an acre. the port authority then voted to sell the land to midstream methonal for 28 thousand dollars an acre with the plans to build a methonal plant, a product that the manly terminal already supplies. i've had employees asked me hey so there's gonna be a methanol plant being built do i still have a job here transloading methanol we have truck drivers that hall methonal and all the railroad they bring methanol into this area so you know it's competition. as we wait to hear from merlin barz, county supervisor stan walk gave us this statement. saying in part - " land at manly terminal was denied. another site was available but numerous people declined to purchase and speculate. very reluctantly merlin bartz agreed to purchase the site so not to lose the possibility of a large natural gas user plus lose out on good paying jobs. merlin bartz's efforts were very honorable for the good of manly, mitchell and worth counties." but according to the floyd county assessors office, this isn't the first time bartz has purchased land that had the potential to be developed. natural sound in 20-14 bartz purchased more than 46 acres of land in floyd county where the loves truck stop was to be built. he sold the parcel of land to loves for around 950 thousand dollars-- something kiewiet says he doesn't like see. i don't think it's right that there's supervisor is out there that are purchasing property we've actually asked to purchase that property before to expand our own business and it was never offered to us. bartz land-ltag-2 according