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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Drainage Board held a regular meeting on Monday, February 2, 2015. The meeting was held at the White County Building, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ conference room beginning at 10:30 a.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:

Mike Kyburz- White County Highway Dept. Sharon Watson-White County Soil & Water

Mayor Ken Houston- City of Monticello Joe Mowrer -City of Monticello Water Dept.

Sonja Shiveley – landowner Larry Storm - landowner

Jerry Thompson – Bob Thompson - landowner

Gordon Denton – landowner D.L.Schwamberger-landowner

Connie Hines- landowner Robert Hines-landowner

John Mandeville, Farmers National Co. –Thomas & Stacy Hall, representative

Kevin Flaherty

President Burton called the meeting to order.

MINUTES

  • Member Diener made a motion to approve the minutes as presented for the regular meeting held on January 20, 2015; seconded by Vice President Heimlich.

Vote: Unanimous

 

OLIVER BELL #505 – MAINTENANCE MODIFICATION HEARING

This Maintenance Modification is continued from the November 3, 2014 meeting.

The account balance is $12,732.90. Currently (and prior to the year 2000) 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 2015 Assessment list. There are 5,234 acres in the watershed with 54 landowners. There are 12 miles of drain including open and tile drains in the Oliver Bell system; approximately 36,000 feet of tile drain. The estimate for the maintenance project is $50,000.

The Maintenance Modification Hearing notice was mailed to the landowners and advertised on January 26, 2015 and January 30, 2015 in the local newspaper.

President Burton asked if there were any public comments from those attending the meeting before continuing.

Sonja Shiveley, landowner, stated she received the notice and she is opposed to the increase of three (3) times the rate amount. “I’m in agreement to increasing the ditch price, but not three times.” She asked if the amount would go back down and how long it had been at $1.00. They own 160 acres.

Surveyor Ward stated the ditch was not in debt; however it has been collected on since 2000. He asked the landowner, Sonja Shiveley, how many acres they own.

Vice President Heimlich explained the rates on the majority of ditches are at $3.00 an acre and if the fund gets to the four year maximum the assessment will go off.

President Burton said this is normal procedure that the landowners have to come up with the money somehow and there is a project. He asked if there were any public comments on the Oliver Bell #505.

President Burton presented the Adoption of the Oliver Bell #505 Maintenance Modification.

THE WHITE COUNTY DRAINAGE BOARD HAVING HEARD AND CONSIDERED ALL THE EVIDENCE AND ANY OBJECTION SUBMITTED IN THESE PROCEEDINGS, THE CHAIRMAN WOULD NOW CONSIDER A MOTION FINDING THAT THE CURRENT ESTIMATE OF MAINTAINING THE OLIVER BELL #505 IS INSUFFICIENT AND THAT THE ANNUAL ASSESSMENT FOR PERIODIC MAINTENANCE OF SAID DRAIN SHOULD BE INCREASED AS PROPOSED IN THESE PROCEEDING.

MEMBER DIENER SO MOVED.

VICE PRESIDENT HEIMLICH SECONDED THE MOTION.

THE MOTION HAS BEEN MADE AND SECONDED TO RAISE THIS MAINTENANCE TO THREE DOLLARS ($3.00) PER ACRE AND TEN DOLLARS ($10.00) MINIMUM. THE WHITE COUNTY DRAINAGE BOARD BY A VOTE OF THREE (3) IN FAVORAND ZERO (0) OPPOSED NOW HEREBY ADOPTS THE SCHEDULE OF ASSESSMENTS AS ORIGINALLY FILED HEREIN OR AS AMENDED. THE WHITE COUNTY DRAINAGE BOARD ISSUES ITS WRITTEN FINDINGS AND ORDER DECLARING THE PROPOSED MAINTENANCE MODIFICATION SCHEDULE IN THESE PROCEEDINGS ESTABLISHED. A COPY OF WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO ALL OWNERS AFFECTED.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDA LAHR #556 – PUBLIC MEETING

The petition was carried by Gordon Denton. The account balance is $9,952.95. Currently collects $3.00 an acre and $5.00 minimum. The annual assessment is $3,186.32. The four year maximum is $12,745.28 and is on the 2015 Assessment list. There are 1,082 acres assessed in the watershed with approximately a dozen landowners. There is 13,800 feet of tile going from 10” to 18”. The estimate is approximately $300,000 or $300.00 an acre for a reconstruction.

A notice was mailed to the landowners stating this is a public meeting to discuss the landowner’s interest in reconstructing the Ida Lahr #556 Drain or constructing a new drain to work with the drain currently in place.

Landowners discussed different options and asked about a natural waterway that is not regulated by White County.

Member Diener asked the landowners, “Is it worthwhile to you and the production of your crops?” He explained the State of Indiana mandates interest accruing, during the five year period, on any unpaid assessment carried over from the first year.

Attorney Loy said the threshold question for the Drainage Board is do the benefits accruing to the landowners outweigh the cost.

President Burton asked the landowners if there were any objections to Surveyor Ward proceeding with the engineering design. There were no objections from the landowners attending the public meeting.

 

President Burton instructed Surveyor Ward to proceed with the engineering design.

 

 

 

 

ROBERT MCWILLIAMS #569-PETITION FOR RECONSTRUCTION

Petition carried by Milt Cole. The account balance is ($-3,434.41). Currently collects variable rates and $5.00 minimum. The annual assessment is $723.25. The four year maximum is $2,893.00 and is on the 2015 Assessment list. There are 456 acres in the watershed with 78 parcels.

Surveyor Ward presented the Petition for Reconstruction to the White County Drainage Board. Milt Cole is the majority landowner with approximately twenty-nine percent (29%) of the watershed.

  • Vice President Heimlich made a motion to accept the Petition for Reconstruction for the Robert McWilliams #569; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous

CROWELL-WELLS #721-PETITION FOR RECONSTRUCTION

Petition carried by Milt Cole. The account balance is $12,269.72. Currently collects $1.00 an acre and $5.00 minimum. The annual assessment is $2,957.75. The four year maximum is $11,831.00 and is not on the 2015 Assessment list. There are approximately 1,800 acres in the watershed with about 240 landowners. There are 3,100 feet of drain.

Surveyor Ward presented the Petition for Reconstruction to the White County Drainage Board. Milt Cole is the majority landowner with approximately twenty-seven percent (27%) of the watershed.

  • Vice President Heimlich made a motion to accept the Petition for Reconstruction for the Crowell-Wells #721; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous

REYNOLDS SUBSTATION

Surveyor Ward and Mike Kyburz, White County Highway Dept., suggest White County have legal access to the Reynolds Substation for future maintenance as it is not in the Esther Fraser #535 Drain.

Attorney Loy stated White County will have to petition from private to regulated land. We will have to talk to the landowner, Ron Allen, and get a route established.

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

 

____________________ _________________________ ___________________ Steve Burton, President John Heimlich, Vice President David Diener, Member

COMPLETE DIGITAL MINUTES MAY BE HEARD IN THE SURVEYOR’S OFFICE.