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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Drainage Board held a regular meeting on Monday, May 18, 2015. The meeting was held at the White County Building, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ conference room beginning at 11:07 a.m.

Drainage Board members present were: President Steve Burton, Vice President John Heimlich and Member David Diener. Also, present were the White County Surveyor Bradley E. Ward and the Surveyor’s Secretary Sharon Broussard. The White County George W. Loy was absent.

Others present were:

J.D. Smith-White County Highway Dept.

Sharon Watson - White County Soil & Water Dept.

Carl Zarse, Zarse Bros. Farm – landowner

Ralph Zarse, Zarse Bros. Farm - landowner

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 May 4, 2015; seconded by Member Diener. Vote: Unanimous


The maintenance fund has $(-9,102.66). Currently collects $.70 an acre and $5.00 minimum. The annual assessment is $1,243.45. The four year maximum is $4,973.80 and is on the 2015 assessment report. There are approximately 1,680 acres in the watershed with 35 parcels.

Surveyor Ward reported there has been unexpected extensive maintenance work done on the drain that the repair cost utilized the balance in the fund and is currently negative in the general ledger. He recommended the rates be set at $2.50 an acre and $5.00 minimum to cover the cost of maintenance and repay the existing general ledger debt that would be repaid by 2018 without future maintenance.

  • Member Diener made a motion to advertise the rate for $3.00 an acre and $5.00 minimum on the Henry Denhart #529; Vice President Heimlich seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous


The maintenance fund has $59,996.14. Currently collects variable rates and $5.00 minimum. The annual assessment is $13,751.10. The four year maximum is $55,004.40 and is not on the 2015 assessment report. It is approximately 15 miles long beginning at the Big Monon and ends at the west county line going into Jasper County.

Surveyor Ward request permission to solicit quotes and hire a surveying service for this ditch project. He said, “For the record I did mention to Jasper County that I would probably be looking for outside assistance on this project, so they are aware of it.”

The Drainage Board advised Surveyor Ward to get quotes.


The ditch was cleaned this spring by Mike Ezra, County Line Tiling/Excavating, Royal Center and there are some landowners present to view their opinions.

Ralph Zarse and Carl Zarse, Zarse Bros. Farm, Reynolds, IN came to the podium to speak to the Drainage Board. Ralph Zarse said it was the poorest job that he had seen in his life and that the contract says you burn or bury it under 30 inches of dirt. He said they (the contractor) threw the trees down and put the dirt on top of it. After preparing and spraying the field to plant, they (Zarse Bros.) found and dug up a six inch tree and do not know how many more trees are buried. Carl Zarse said you cannot go thru with a corn planter. They (Zarse Bros.) worked six hours cleaning up the buried trees and request reimbursement for their work from the money paid to the contractor for the project.

The Drainage Board advised the surveyor to notify the contractor that he will not get paid until the work is complete.


William Carr, landowner, cancelled his request to attend the Drainage Board meeting. He determined with further investigation around their Hoagland/Dolick Ditch property that his reason to attend the meeting was not an issue for the Drainage Board.


Vice President Heimlich received a telephone call from Mike Lehe, landowner, regarding the Clark Brothers Hog Farm drainage plan to report they have never done anything. Mr. Lehe said he has about five (5) acres that he cannot farm. There is an existing pipe draining onto his property.

He advised Mr. Lehe that the answer needs to come from the White County legal department.


A beaver trapper contacted the surveyor’s department to report another beaver has been eliminated from a county ditch. The Surveyor has issued another work order for the trapper to move his traps to another county ditch.

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