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

Kathleen Gross – Landowner

Joyce Frakes – Landowner, 5263 East Blue Bell Court, Monticello


President Burton called the meeting to order.


· Vice President Heimlich made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on October 20, 2014; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous




Petition carried by Richard Roach. The account balance is $7,460.60. The annual assessment in White County is $1,125.16. The annual assessment in Carroll County is $458.92. The four year maximum in White County is $6,336.32 and is on the 2014 Assessment list. More than 10% of the watershed signed the petition.


Surveyor Ward presented a map to the White County Drainage Board. Rick Roach is the majority landowner, but there are some parcels on Highway 24.


· Vice President Heimlich made a motion to accept the petition for maintenance for the Charles McClure Open Drain #566; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous



The Petition for Maintenance was presented at the April 7, 2014, White County Drainage Board meeting. The account balance is $10,957.45. Currently collects $1.00 an acre and $5.00 minimum. The annual assessment is $5,283.98. The four year maximum is $21,135.92 and is on the 2014 Assessment list. There are 5,200 acres in watershed with 54 landowners. There are 12 miles of drain including open end tile drains in the Oliver Bell system; approximately 36,000 feet of tile drain. The ditch has been surveyed.


Surveyor Ward presented a map to the White County Drainage Board. He is proposing $3.00 an acre and $10.00 minimum and recommends keeping the increased rates. The collection for the rate increase on this assessment will not begin until 2016. The annual assessment would be approximately $16,000 with these rates. The estimate for this maintenance project is $50,000; comparing it to the Ernest Scipio #579 maintenance project bid of $45,000. There is an average of 2-2 ½ feet of silt that will be removed from the complete length of the ditch.


· Vice President Heimlich made a motion to set the rates at $3.00 per acre and $10.00 minimum for advertising the Oliver Bell #505; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous




Surveyor Ward stated he has contacted the City of Monticello Mayor Houston to inform him how the drainage system will work for the old White County Memorial Hospital/Ivy Tech parking lot. The concern is the existing storm sewer being overwhelmed as this part of the city does not have separate storm drainage. The plan will include using wet wells to store the water onsite and release it back into the system.


Jason Miller, Randall Miller & Associates, will explain the drainage plan for the parking lot to the City of Monticello Board of Works tonight. The construction project on the parking lot can begin as soon as the City of Monticello releases a waiver to White County.



Kathleen Gross, landowner, and Joyce Frakes, landowner, were present to discuss the drainage issues at their homes on Blue Bell Court, Monticello. The concern is drainage coming off the farm field. Kathleen Gross stated the water seems to be coming off a farm field in the neighborhood. Surveyor Ward stated the JT Williams #703 ditch stops before Blue Bell Court.


The Drainage Board suggested Surveyor Ward speak to the farmer and all landowners involved work together to solve this civil drainage matter.




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