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June 2, 2003 Tape #011

The White County Drainage Board convened at 10:30 A.M. EST in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building, Monticello, Indiana with Board Members Ronald Schmierer, John C. Heimlich and O. D. “Bud” Ferguson, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett and Secretary Romana Kiser present. Others in attendance were Jack Pherson and Charles Mellon.

Chairman Schmierer opened the meeting and discussed drainage reviews for the Twin Lakes Sewer Board Subdivisions. Chairman Schmierer stated, “These two drainage plans for Subdivisions, Denny and I went to look at them ourselves to avoid charging the Sewer Board for it. They are small parcels with no affect on anybody else. One of the parcels is next to the Country Club where Twin Lakes Sewer Board bought a lot off of SFLECC. There is a tile in there. So this is ready to be approved. We are just going to refund their drainage review fee.”

Board Member Ferguson made a motion to approve a waiver for the platted Subdivision for the Twin Lakes Booster #5 Sewer District. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Schmierer explained the second Subdivision for the Sewer District. He said, “This one is on a hillside down here by the stone barn towards the lake. All the drainage is natural drainage.” Surveyor Sterrett said they are putting in three lift stations (pumps). He said the only complaint was made through Area Plan. Someone wanted the red light that goes on the post lowered and shrubs put around it.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to approve a waiver for Twin Lakes Sewer District Transfer Station A on Stone Barn Road. Board Member Ferguson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Board Member Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Schmierer reported to the Board that he and Surveyor Sterrett were over to Round Grove Township and drove the Vanatta Drain (Br. #1Vanatta Drain). He said about a thousand foot on the south end has been cleaned on the Gick property. Chairman Schmierer said, “At this time we do not feel there is a need to do anything with it. It is in pretty good shape other than right down at the mouth and we are going to take care of that as soon as we can. (John) Thompson is the one that petitioned it, he put a bunch of laterals into it, he put his tiles right in the bottom of the drain. I don’t think you are going to get any depth that you can dig it out and put the tiles in any deeper. We have a lot of them in the County in a lot worse shape and need quicker attention than that thing does. It’s not silted in or anything and where the bridges are, there’s no silt in the culverts and the water is running through probably three inches deep. The high water mark isn’t even up on the banks, where they’ve had all the rains and everything; it’s not even up two and a half feet.”

Surveyor Sterrett said, “We can keep it on the list I guess until we get to it.” Chairman Schmierer answered, “I don’t know what you are going to do with it when you did get to it.” Surveyor Sterrett said all you are going to do is take some grass out of it. Chairman Schmierer agreed that grass out of the bottom is about all and then he thought you would have a sluff problem out there if you start monkeying with it. Charlie Mellon asked if his laterals flow with the water. He said you have to turn those laterals so they go down with the water, it makes a difference. Surveyor Sterrett asked for an explanation. Charlie Mellon said, “Put them on the angle the way the water flows. It is better than straight out.”

Chairman Schmierer adjourned the meeting.