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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Drainage Board held a regular meeting on Monday, April 20, 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.

J.D. Smith-White County Highway Dept.

Sharon Watson – White County Soil & Water Dept.

Joseph W. Rogers – Area Plan

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 April 6, 2015; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous


This discussion is continued from April 6, 2015 when President Burton advised Surveyor Ward to review the quotes opened at that meeting and the contract will be awarded at another meeting. Surveyor Ward contacted Earl Johns, Johns Brothers Tiling & Excavating, to review the detailed job specifications with him and confirm that Earl was aware of the work involved for the Carter-Hines #693 Maintenance Project. He recommended awarding the contract to the lowest bidder, Johns Brothers Tiling & Excavating, Francesville, Indiana.

  • Vice President Heimlich made a motion to accept the low bid of $99,000.00 from Johns Brothers Tiling & Excavating, Francesville, IN; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous





Petition carried by Milt Cole. The account balance is $12,269.72. The annual assessment in White County is $2,957.75. The four year maximum in White County is $11,831.00 and is not on the 2015 Assessment list. There are approximately 2,000 acres in the watershed and 95% of the watershed is in White County. White County has one quarter mile tile and Carroll County has one quarter mile tile.

At the Carroll County Drainage Board meeting on April 6, 2015, the decision was made to request a Joint Drainage Board for the Crowell-Wells Reconstruction Project.

  • Vice President Heimlich made a motion to appoint Member Diener to the Crowell-Wells #721 Joint Drainage Board; seconded by President Burton. Vote: 2-favor, 1-abstain (Member Diener)


Surveyor Ward reported that WPP LLC will not do any work on the site since Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Inc. (Ozinga) has the lease and a clean water permit. Ozinga leases the ground and states it is WPP LLC’s responsibility to do the work. The Surveyor stated his opinion is the responsibility is the owner of the ground. He asked the Drainage Board how they want to proceed with this issue or if they want to turn it over to County Attorney Loy.

Attorney Loy stated the landlord and the tenant can always revise their lease to accommodate an unexpected situation like this and ultimately it is the landowner’s responsibility. He said he would meet with Surveyor Ward to discuss this situation.





Vice President Heimlich reported the Indian Creek Board had an organizational meeting in Cass County last week. Pulaski County is the County of Record. The Pulaski County Surveyor has ground in the project and there is a conflict, so the Surveyor will be from Cass County. He said he made the motion for the Cass County Commissioner, Mr. Anderson, to be the President of the newly formed Indian Creek Board. The fifth board member is from Marshall County. The engineer is Banning Engineering, P.C.

The Pulaski County Judge made the decision this will be a Reconstruction Project. The judge based his ruling on the dollar amount being so great that it will fall under Reconstruction even though nothing will be changed from the original wells.


Vice President Heimlich reported the Big Monon Board met last week. He said there is erosion on White County property on the Big Monon.

The Drainage Board recommended Vice President Heimlich and Surveyor Ward evaluate the erosion on the property and advise the Board.



Surveyor Ward suggested different insurance requirements for nuisance (beaver) trappers that work orders will be sent to from him since it is not a steady job.

The Drainage Board said the County’s insurance agent needs to provide options and be reviewed by Attorney Loy for approval.

Attorney Loy recommended contacting the insurance agent, Phil Baer, to provide different options for nuisance trappers than contractors.

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