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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Drainage Board held a regular meeting on Monday, March 3, 2014.  The meeting was held at the White County Building, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ conference room beginning at 10:30a.m.


Drainage Board members present were:  President Steve Burton, Vice President John Heimlich and Member David Diener.  Also, present were the White County Attorney George W. Loy, White County Surveyor Bradley E. Ward and the Surveyor’s Secretary Sharon Broussard.

Others present were:

Sharon Watson – White County Soil & Water

Drainage Board President Steve Burton called the meeting to order.



Member Diener made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on February 18, 2014, seconded by Member Heimlich.  Vote: Unanimous


The Petition for Maintenance for the JC Vanatta #3 Tile Branch of the Emmet Rayman Joint Drain #572 was accepted on January 10, 2014, at the White County Drainage Board meeting.  Tippecanoe County Drainage Board sent a letter dated February 14, 2014, waiving their right to be represented on a Joint Board for the above mentioned drain.

The maintenance fund is $22,054.36.  The rate is variable and based upon the distance from the outlet.  The fund has never had the one time 25% increase applied.  The annual maintenance assessment from both counties is $5,338.66 total.  The four year fund is $21,354.64.  There was a maintenance modification with the variable rate increased for three years; 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The variable rate returned to the old rate in 2013 of White County collecting $4,508.94 and Tippecanoe County collecting $829.72.   It will take six (6) years for the maintenance fund to reach the four year total again if the project is done.

Surveyor Ward presented a map of the property to the Drainage Board.  This tile was set up as a county regulated tile; not a private tile.  Surveyor Ward stated the tile itself affects three (3) landowners.

Member Heimlich stated in most cases this tile would be it’s own drain, however in this case         .   He suggest a hearing to raise maintenance funds.

Member Diener asked if the tile can be separated away from the Rayman  Drain , so the landowner(s) pay for their own tile?   Can the landowner pay a higher rate than the variable rate;  have their own assessment?

Drainage Board President Steve Burton stated he will abstain from any decision that will be made.

White County Attorney Loy announced a hearing needs to be scheduled.

This discussion will be resumed at the next meeting.



This discussion is continued from February 18, 2014, regarding the maintenance modification.  White County Attorney Loy will review this assessment determining if a hearing is necessary with limited time available to advertise and schedule it.

This discussion will be resumed at the next meeting.


There is a meeting this Thursday, March 6, 2014 to dissolve the board.



Member Heimlich stated the Drainage Board received notification the Schroeder’s hired a new attorney, Todd Janzen; Plews Shadle  Racher & Braun, LLP.

White County Attorney Loy stated the real estate representative for the railroad said he would like to work the situation out.  The representative will email Attorney Loy with their position on this matter.

Surveyor Ward stated the county tile goes straight thru the middle of the Idaville pond that is within the wood of the wetlands.

Sharon Watson, White County Soil & Water, stated the property was classified “wetlands” in 1985.  She explained the landowners will never be able to farm this property and have been notified.  The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Federal Government will not take any more action.  Watson stated if the landowners clear the land and try to put it into production then the Army Corp of Engineers (USAC) will step in. The landowners will have to have the Farm Service Agency certify the land.