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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Drainage Board held a regular meeting on Monday, November 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 Assistant Sharon Broussard.

Others present were:

Sharon Watson – White County Soil & Water Claude Butt - landowner

Mike Kyburz – White County Highway Superintendent

J.D. Smith – White County Highway Dept.

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 October 19, 2015; seconded by Member Diener.

Vote: Unanimous


The time has expired for the submission of bids for the Herron-Dilts #544. Surveyor Ward sent out three (3) invitations to bid packets to contractors for the Maintenance Project and two (2) quotes were received. The estimate is $15,000. White County Attorney Loy opened the sealed quotes.

Bids were received from the following:

Howard Excavating, Monticello, IN $15,000.00

L & R Excavating LLC, Monticello, IN $13,000.00

  • Member Diener made the recommendation to accept the low bid for $13,000.00 from L & R Excavating LLC, Monticello, IN; seconded by Vice President Heimlich. Vote: Unanimous


David Livesay, landowner, request to subdivide approximately (3) acres of land that is currently in one parcel located at Division Road and 300. A modular (14’x76’) already exist on the parcel and he is building a 1,500 square foot house on the other end of the parcel. Each parcel will be approximately one and one-half (1-1/2) acres. The land is flat.

The landowner was not present for the Drainage Board meeting, therefore the discussion was tabled for a later date.


Claude K. Butt, landowner, is present at the drainage board meeting to discuss improving the M.P. Scott tile drainage ditch which drains into the F.G. Church #522. Mr. Butt proposed to change the route east to northeast using another outlet and another location to help relieve some of the pressure. He suggested two options for improving the drainage involving two (2) or three (3) landowners.

Mr. Butt said he had an estimate done about ten (10) years ago that was approximately $20,000; however he said the price has probably doubled now with materials and labor increasing. He commented on the John M. Keever #551 maintenance project being a worthy project.

Vice President Heimlich stated that adding on to an existing ditch would be creating a new county drain.

Member Diener asked how the landowners in the watershed would be billed.

Surveyor Ward explained the landowners would possibly be paying on the Thomas Hines #545 ditch and the F.G. Church #522. The landowners would be added and assessed for the Thomas Hines #545. The landowners would not be removed from the F.G. Church #522. He told Mr. Butt that this would be a two (2) or three (3) years project for White County.

President Burton told Mr. Butt that he could do the work privately and then turn it over to the county. He said sometimes it is harder for the county to make something happen and a landowner can do the work then the county can absorb it.

Attorney Loy suggest a mutual project with the understanding that it is completed according to the White County specifications, so that the county could take it over as a new drain or part of another watershed. He said the county would have to send out bid packets and accept the lowest quote; however the landowners can privately shop around and typically get a better price. He pointed out that the landowners pay for the project either way and there would have to be public hearings.

Mr. Butt asked about the REMC project installing new poles located south of 400. There was not a notice about this project on the easement and he wanted the discussion on record. He would like to know what to do to have REMC set the poles, for a quarter mile, on the east side instead of the west side of the road. He said the west side is a very steep slope for mowing and creates a safety issue.


There is a Carroll-White Crowell-Wells Joint Drainage Board meeting here this Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:00 am to choose the plan prior to a public hearing.


Benton-White Curtis Creek Joint Drainage Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 9:00am (Fowler time).

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