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November 3, 2003 Tape #021

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 O. D. “Bud” Ferguson and Ronald A. Schmierer, Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett and Secretary Romana Kiser in attendance. Also attending was Charles Mellon.

Chairman Schmierer opened the Maintenance Modification Hearing on the J.P. Carr Drain in Prairie Township. Chairman Schmierer explained that the Hearing was for adding a parcel of land, 5.92 acres out of SE SE 4-25-4 in Prairie Township, belonging to Dallas Jr. & Charlotte Jean Paugh to the J. P. Carr Drain assessment roll. When Paughs purchased the parcel out of the Catholic Diocese parcel, it was not put on the assessment roll in their name. Surveyor Sterrett stated he found a note in the file from 1981 that said to add the split property, but it never got done. Chairman Schmierer stated, “Since there is nobody here to object to it, the White County Drainage Board having heard and considered all of the evidence and any objections submitted in these proceedings, the Chairman would now consider a motion finding that the current estimate of maintaining the J. P. Carr Drain is insufficient and that therefore, the annual assessments for periodic maintenance of said drain should be increased as proposed in these proceedings. Actually we are adding the Paugh parcel to the J. P. Carr Drain assessment roll.” Board Member Ferguson so moved. Chairman Schmierer seconded the motion. Board Member Heimlich was absent. The vote was taken. “The White County Drainage Board by a vote of 2 in favor and 0 opposed now hereby adopts the schedule of modified assessments as originally filed herein (or as amended herein). The White County Drainage Board issues its written Findings and Order declaring the proposed maintenance modification schedule in these proceedings established, a copy of which will be mailed to all owners affected. (Adoption of Maintenance Modification §36-9-27-42 Indiana Code.) Meeting adjourned.”

The next Maintenance Modification Hearing was to add Northbrooke Condominiums and a second parcel of Don Ward’s, 4.292 acres PT S NW 28-27-3, to the James Carter Drain assessment roll. No one was here to object to it and we did not have any letter of objection to it. Chairman Schmierer stated that he talked to Don Ward about it. Mr. Ward didn’t know that it was not put on the assessment roll of the James Carter Ditch. Surveyor Sterrett stated that Don Ward owns another tract north of this one that drains through it. That tract is on the assessment roll.

Chairman Schmierer read the Indiana Code Adoption of Maintenance Modification § 36-9-27-42 as follows, “The White County Drainage Board having heard and considered all of the evidence and any objections submitted in these proceedings, the chairman would now consider a motion finding that the current estimate of maintaining the James Carter Drain is insufficient and that therefore the annual assessments for periodic maintenance of said drain should be increased as proposed in these proceedings, by adding the Northbrooke Condominiums and the above mentioned Don Ward parcel.” Board Member Ferguson so moved. Chairman Schmierer seconded the motion. Board Member Heimlich was absent. The vote was taken. “The White County Drainage Board by a vote of 2 in favor and 0 opposed now hereby adopts the schedule of modified assessments as originally filed herein (or as amended herein). The White County Drainage Board issues its written Findings and Order declaring the proposed maintenance modification schedule in these proceedings established, a copy of which will be mailed to all owners affected. Meeting adjourned.”

Surveyor Sterrett reported that he and Engineer Frauhiger have looked at the drainage on the West Side Commercial Subdivision site. They finished the pond (indicated on drawing) and it is still wet down here, but it might dry out. They have rerouted a drain (indicated on drawing). Chairman Schmierer said we were holding up the occupancy permit (for the newly constructed doctor’s office) but we can let that go now that everything is done. Secretary Kiser stated that Engineer Frauhiger said he will issue a letter of completion of their drainage plan. Surveyor Sterrett said it really looked pretty good he thought and Engineer Frauhiger said the City came out and looked at it.

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

Surveyor Sterrett reported that he and Board Member Heimlich went out and looked at the Kleyla Ditch through Jack Isom’s land. Chairman Schmierer said we looked at that two years ago, too. Surveyor Sterrett said Jack Isom wants to do a friendly clean-out, but he thought he could get some help. He stated that most of the ditch is on Isom’s land. Board Member Ferguson asked if that was where the sale barn used to be. Surveyor Sterrett answered yes, it goes up to the highway (SR 43). There’s some brush on it. Chairman Schmierer said, “Two years ago it was pretty bad. Two years ago Arnie Dahlenburg wanted it done but then he traded that ground to Isom and at that point Isom said he would do it himself he didn’t want any help. Surveyor Sterrett stated, “John and I met Arnie and Jack over there. It really is in pretty bad shape. Chairman Schmierer asked if there is any money in that (maintenance) account. Surveyor Sterrett said that drain gets paid by the Esther Fraser Drain maintenance account. Chairman Schmierer said he didn’t know if we want to take money out of maintenance to do that. Surveyor Sterrett said there is about 2,000 feet of brush and the rest of it is pretty clean. Chairman Schmierer asked if it is about all on Isom. Surveyor Sterrett said there is a little bit on Ruemler, he has piece, the house north of the sale barn, the farm house back in there. He said he thinks they have 9 acres behind Werner’s and it cuts across the corner. Chairman Schmierer asked what the estimated cost would be. Surveyor Sterrett said he came up with about $4,000.00 for the brush. Surveyor Sterrett said we paid for the brush on the C. Bossung Drain project. Chairman Schmierer thought the matter could wait two weeks so Board Member Heimlich could be present for the discussion.

Surveyor Sterrett reported he had the County Highway jet the John Keever Tile at Don MacOwan’s last week. He said, “We got up there by John Ohman’s house on CR 250 N where they had that suck hole last year and he filled it in, it was pretty clean up to there and we got quite a bit of sand and rock out of that. We got it cleaned clear across CR 250 N.” Chairman Schmierer asked if it helped it any. Surveyor Sterrett answered, “It had to help it up there, it was clean through MacOwan’s. There on Ohman’s it had some silt in it. (Chairman Schmierer said that was probably from where that sinkhole was.) He has two little kids and there are two air wells in his yard, so it is hard telling what gets in those air wells. And there’s one air well by the highway that could get filled up with sand and rocks.” The Board discussed the exact location of the tile. See tape.

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Don and Jerry MacOwan opened the holes up for us and they were only going to charge us for the material to fix the tile. We may get charged for water because the County Highway Dept. had the Co-op deliver water. They couldn’t provide a driver so the County provided the driver for the water tanker.” Chairman Schmierer asked, “Did that take care of it, do you think that will help it?” Surveyor Sterrett said, “Yes, I think it will. We got clear across the road. That was the part I was worried about. Across the road to the North. We didn’t go into Bullock’s field because the jet wouldn’t make the turn.” Chairman Schmierer said that will probably help drain that. He asked if MacOwan farms that corner. Surveyor Sterrett said, “No, he farms south. (Board Member Ferguson said he owns part of that south, bought that off of Swank.) Then Strange bought a lot there where that water stands. I don’t know what he is going to do there, build a house I suppose.” Chairman Schmierer said, “Probably fill it up with dirt.” Charlie Mellon said there is too much water going into that tile now. Surveyor Sterrett agreed with that.

Chairman Schmierer adjourned the meeting.