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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Drainage Board held a regular meeting on Monday, March 16, 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. Ed Federer - landowner

J.D. Smith – White County Highway Dept. Andy Federer-landowner

Sharon Watson – White County Soil & Water Dept. Jim Thayer – Thayer Inc.

Joseph W. Rogers – Area Plan Mike Conquest-Ozinga Concrete Inc.

Donald W. Ward – Civil Engineer Ed Houin – Ozinga Concrete Inc.

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 March 2, 2015; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous


The quotes were opened on March 2, 2015, and Surveyor Ward was directed to review them by the Drainage Board.

Bids were received from the following:

Dalton’s Inc., Warsaw, IN $40,883.00

Right of Way Management Co., St. Joe, IN $26,312.28

Shideler Spray Inc., Eaton, IN $26,599.00

Surveyor Ward reviewed the two lowest bids and recommends the lowest bidder which is Right of Way Management Co., St. Joe, IN.

President Burton confirmed with Surveyor Ward that White County has used the contractor with the lowest bid previously.

  • Vice President Heimlich made a motion to accept the low bid for $26,312.28 from Right of Way Management Co.; seconded by Member Diener. Vote Unanimous


Discussion continued from March 2, 2015 regarding the White County Airport expansion project. A motion was made to approve the plan for their existing 500’ expansion.


Surveyor Ward contacted the designer regarding the drainage plan. They are going to eliminate a step for the 500’ expansion, so it will be one project for a 1000’ expansion.


Member Diener questioned the use of a temporary pond. Surveyor Ward said they may have to dig a temporary pond for fill; however it will not impact the drainage plan at all. The White County Airport will not be putting a drainage plan in for 500’ and tearing it out for 1000’; it will be for the 1000’ expansion.

President Burton asked Surveyor Ward if the drainage plan would be modified. Surveyor Ward clarified the end product would be the same as the White County Drainage Board voted on March 2, 2015.


Surveyor Ward said he requested Jasper County to waive their rights to be represented on a Joint Board on the maintenance of the Fern McKillip Drain #628. Vince Urbano, Jasper County Surveyor, sent a letter stating the Drainage Board waived their rights in regards to all matters pertaining to the Fern McKillip #628 county regulated drain at their February 9, 2015 meeting.

Permits will have to be received from the DNR.


Ed and Andy Federer were present for this discussion. Ed presented photos to the Drainage Board.

Surveyor Ward explained the concern is the complete infra-structure is not hooked up and they are pumping water out of the retention pond by the highway into the side ditch which is running north down the side ditch and impacting Mr. Federer’s property. Surveyor Ward asked how to proceed with this matter since everything is not hooked up; the end plan is to run the water south. There is no record of a County maintained tile there.

Ed Federer said they are ready to plant and request the water be run another direction (East).

Mitch Hannum, Garmong Construction Services, will be in a meeting with the Drainage Board this afternoon and at that time this subject will be addressed. President Burton stated the answers will be contingent on the information Mitch Hannum has. No comments can be made until that time.


Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. plant wants to lease and rezone this site. The representatives spoke to some surrounding neighbors and listened to their concerns about blasting, but the neighbors did not express concerns about the water drainage at that time.


Surveyor Ward explained the water at the stone quarry was supposed to be contained on the property, then run toward the Hill-Brown #645 ditch and go into the Big Monon Creek. The water accumulates in the corner now and overflows into a driveway impacting the north side of 16. He has drafted a certified letter to the landowners, WPP, West Virginia, advising them to rectify the situation and get the issue resolved.

Joe Rogers, White County Area Plan, was present for this discussion. At the White County Area Plan Commission meeting, March 9, 2015, the board tabled the Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. rezone request until the drainage plan was approved. He said Ozinga requested to apply for I-1 zoning.

Member Diener pointed out that there is a consent decree or agreement that was negotiated between all the parties involved (property owners, neighbors, White County, Drainage Board, Area Plan); everyone agreed and that has not happened. Joe Rogers obtained the document to review before further discussion. The decree signed on Monday, May 17, 2010, that all involved parties developed and agreed upon, was given to Attorney Loy.

Jim Thayer commented and responded to several statements made during this discussion. He said his concerns are with the landowners, WPP; the drainage issue.

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. is leasing the property and the representatives, Mike Conquest and Ed Houin, are willing to work with everyone. Mike Conquest asked to have in the records that it is the position of the drainage board that regardless whether the rezone goes thru or doesn’t go thru, that drainage issue will be resolved, because I think that gets off dead center for the ABC.

Vice President Heimlich stated that it has been brought to the Drainage Board attention that the drainage plan was not completed as agreed to, so we need to take action.

President Burton offered three options:

1. Follow the current Drainage Plan.

2. Modify the current Drainage Plan and get approval.

3. New Drainage Plan.

  • Member Diener made a motion the White County Drainage Board is demanding they (WPP) comply with their approved drainage plan; seconded by Vice President Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous

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