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March 1, 2004 Tape #005

The White County Drainage Board convened at 10:40 A.M., EST in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building, Monticello, Indiana with Board Members Ronald A. Schmierer, John C. Heimlich and O. D. “Bud” Ferguson, Attorney George W. Loy and First Drainage Assistant Mary Sterrett in attendance. Also attending was Alvin Furrer.

Chairman Schmierer reported that the Indiana Department of Transportation is getting ready to put a new pipe across SR 16 and it will be in our waterway and they have a pre-construction meeting that Surveyor Sterrett will go to on Tuesday, March 9, 2004.

Chairman Schmierer reported, “Last Thursday Denny and I went out to Alvin Furrer's property and looked at twelve acres that he is being assessed for on the (George) Bossung ditch that has a tile going through it that goes into the Honey Creek. It’s twelve acres on the west side, it is sort of a triangle or odd shaped field in there. Alvin has asked us to take the twelve acres off of the assessment. Denny and I were out there and water would have to run uphill to go into that ditch on the other side, and the tile that comes through there goes into the Honey Creek. I don’t know if you noticed that under the road or not, I’m sure you did. Alvin has asked us to take those twelve acres out of the assessment on the (George) Bossung since he is already being assessed for it on the Honey Creek I presume, right? (Alvin Furrer answered ‘right’.) We have a legal description of it here and Counsel I will have to ask you how we go about that from there.”

Attorney Loy stated, “If you determine that acreage does not in fact drain in to it, on a motion, second and vote, you can remove it.”

Chairman Schmierer stated, “Denny and I were out there and we sort of both agreed that there was no way it could be draining into it. He has property on the other side that does. The twenty-eight acres does.”

Alvin Furrer stated, “The original assessment on that covered 40 acres and there’s 28 acres that is assessed on one side and twelve on the other, so I would still have the 28 acres.” Chairman Schmierer said, “Yes, you’d still have the 28 in it. The 12 on the other side just can’t go that way, it is all, it is even contoured with the, the center of it has a contour.” Alvin Furrer said, “Yes, it slopes in and goes under the road into the….” Chairman Schmierer said, “I think the tile probably is in the contour.” Alvin Furrer said, “The tile runs at an angle, gets closer to the ditch as it gets toward the railroad and that is also the J. D. Rinker Tile and I think it is about a fifteen or sixteen inch tile and that tile drains that field only and it is very much overdone and if that tile….there’s never been a maintenance fund on that tile that I know of. If that tile should need repaired, I believe that I would replace it with a smaller tile. It is only in my field, the way I understand it, it is discontinued.” Chairman Schmierer said, “When they put the Bossung in they discontinued that tile.” Alvin Furrer said, “Yes, they cut it off just south of the railroad and I believe it has been stopped off just north of the railroad so that the ditch didn’t run back through the tile and I would like to…inaudible…that tile would be vacated as a County drain since it is only…..” Chairman Schmierer stated, “It think it has already been vacated. We can’t find a record of it but we think it has been vacated.” Alvin Furrer said, “Well, he told me that it was the J. D. Rinker Tile so if it has been vacated that’s fine. I’ve got papers here that have description of it. We’ve had a lot of confusion over it in the past. I appreciate putting the record straight.”

Board Member Ferguson made a motion to remove the twelve acres, with legal description, from the drainage assessment roll on the George Bossung Drain for Alvin Furrer. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Board Member Heimlich reported that there was nothing new on the Big Monon project. They still haven’t gotten the permits and four months ago they thought they were close to getting them so he is not sure what is holding them up.

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

Chairman Schmierer adjourned the meeting.