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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Drainage Board held a regular meeting on Monday, April 7, 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

Todd Frauhiger, P.E.

Hamilton White – Turnkey Processing Solutions

Mike Kyburz – White County Highway Dept.

Drainage Board President Steve Burton called the meeting to order.


Member Heimlich made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on March 17, 2014, seconded by Member Diener.  Vote: Unanimous


White County Attorney George Loy announced he has four (4) bids to open for ditch spraying.  White County Surveyor Brad Ward invited five (5) contractors to bid.  Bids were to be submitted by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Bids were received from the following:

Anderson Tree Company:            $28,857.60

Dalton’s                                               $21,643.00

Right of Way Management Co.  $26,354.00

Shideler Spray, Inc.                         $21,707.00

· Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the low bid for $21,643.00 from Dalton’s; seconded by Member Diener.  Vote: Unanimous



Todd Frauhiger, P.E., AE Com presented an aerial view of the drainage plan.  The proposed hog buildings are going on a site just south of the existing buildings and the water will be directed down to a dry bottom retention pond inside the berm.  The six (6”) tile owned by the home farmstead crossing the property is rerouted between the buildings and dumps into an existing regulated open ditch drain.


He said the plan meets and exceeds the Drainage & Sediment Control Ordinance.  It is significantly below the 2-Year Frequency Storm discharge and the 10-Year Frequency Storm discharge at the 10-Year Frequency Storm and 100-Year Frequency Storm.

The engineer recommends approval of the drainage plan.  Surveyor Ward approves the drainage plan.

· Member Heimlich made a motion to approve the Drainage Plan for the Charlie Mellon Hog Farm, seconded by Member Diener.   Vote: Unanimous


Surveyor Ward presented an aerial photo of the existing stone quarry south of Monon and the Milton Martin ditch.  He states the company intends to take a rail spur and cross the Milton Martin ditch; therefore request the Right to Encroach on the property.  Hamilton White, Turnkey Processing Solutions and working for Synergy Management, said they are in the final approval stages of contracts to negotiate with the banks and needs to confirm approval to place the railroad spur for the future owner’s banker to approve the loan requested.  It is important for the lime plant to have full rail access into the yard for deliveries and to deliver lime to customers.  Mr. White needs to know what procedure to take to cross over the Milton Martin #731 with a rail spur to insure access to the property.

Attorney Loy request a copy of the most recent deed with a legal description of the property listing the future owner.  Also the current land owner information.  Mr. White answered  “I believe Hildeberg/Hanson Materials is the current landowner”.

Todd Frauhiger, P.E. comments on the drainage plan.  He recommends a drainage plan for the plant site and the future owner submit the railroad crossing drainage study to make sure the sizing is correct.

This discussion will be continued after the Drainage Board reviews the specs and the White County Attorney Loy reviews the deed to approve a  Consent to Encroach.

Oliver Bell #505

Petition for Maintenance carried by Scott Wuethrich.  The Oliver Bell drains into the Big Creek.

· Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the Petition for Maintenance on the Oliver Bell #505, seconded by Member Diener.   Vote: Unanimous.

Nuisance Control

The issue is removing nuisance animals (herbivorous rodents/beavers) from ditches.  Surveyor Ward states there are a lot of factors involved with liability insurance requirements. The cost of liability insurance vs. the unsteady profit deter a reliable trapper from continuing this work; this is a part time or side job.  Member Diener commented insurance cost less when added as a policy rider on an existing policy.  Member Heimlich stated the landowner cannot legally give permission to trap when the County will be liable.

There are several outstanding work orders sent to local trappers.  Byron Tiede, Honey Creek Kennel, is currently in the process of getting his license from the DNR for nuisance control and getting the White County liability insurance requirements.

This discussion will be continued when more information is available.



Surveyor Ward stated there have been six (6) ditches cleaned in the last four (4) weeks since the weather has improved.

County Line Tiling/Excavating has started the Floyd A. Brown, cleaned the Charles Hutton #695 and partially cleaned the I.M. Carnahan #2 #670.

Gutwein Bulldozing & Excavating has cleaned the Thomas Hines #545, Herman Schroeder #578 and Alvin Wortman #644.



There being no further business to come before the board, their meeting was adjourned.




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Steve Burton, President            John Heimlich, Vice President          David Diener, Member