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December 19, 2005 Tape #024

The White County Drainage Board convened at 11:00 A.M., EST in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building in Monticello, Indiana with Board Members Steve Burton and John C. Heimlich, Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett, Engineer L. Todd Frauhiger and Secretary Romana Kiser in attendance. Others attending were Don Pauken, Mike Ezra, Bill Pyle, Kimberly Snyder, Melanie Green and Charlie Mellon.

Chairman Burton opened the meeting. Board Member Heimlich made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 5, 2005 meeting as presented. Chairman Burton seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a vote of 2 to 0.

Surveyor Sterrett reported, “I think it was a year ago we sent a letter to a landowner (Bushong) on CR 225 E north of SR 18 to remove trees from the top of our C.W. Brackney Tile Drain, I think there was a dozen trees. It was a certified letter and it came back to us and the property went up for tax sale. We found out the property has been bought now and we sent that gentleman a letter to get the trees off the tile. He called me December 13th and said that he was going to do that, so that is one thing that is going to be taken care of. Also, on the Reconstruction of the J. P. Carr Ditch that we let a year ago, Mr. Derflinger brought in his bond. He should be starting on that this week. He will start dipping at the outlet east of the Rangeline Road (CR 300 E) so he is going to have to work around the bridge there (bridge is out, work being done) which I don’t think will be a problem.”

Surveyor Sterrett stated a tenant (Toby Ploss) for Otto Wuetrich came in and asked for the brush to be cleaned off of their ditch (Ackerman). Surveyor Sterrett said he thought since he was a tenant he should get a petition and have a landowner carry it. Board Member Heimlich asked if it would be under maintenance. Surveyor Sterrett said yes. Maybe a half mile to mile of brush. Board Member Heimlich said for maintenance we wouldn’t need a petition but a landowner should make the request. Surveyor Sterrett said there is $46,000 in the maintenance fund. He said this is the branch we did in 2002 (Branch 6). We did reconstruction on it. See tape for explanation of another problem that Toby wants cleaned out and that will need a petition. Surveyor Sterrett said also it is the area Monty Moss wants to tile the ditch in and he will probably want some cleaned out. Board Member Heimlich said what he is talking about doing now should be petitioned by the landowner.

Next on the agenda was the Letting of Bids on the F. G. Church Drain Reconstruction Project. Attorney Loy stated, “We have requested bids for the reconstruction of the F. G. Church Regulated Drain. Time for submission of bids has expired. It appears we have four bids: One from Grade A Excavating, County Line Tile/Excavating, Gutwein Bulldozing and Excavating, Weaver-Fox Bros. Excavating. Is there anybody else here who submitted a bid whose name we did not mention?” No response. Board Member Heimlich asked for the Surveyor’s estimate. It was $72,667.00. Attorney Loy stated, “The bid of Grade A Excavating of Logansport is $66,700.00, County Line Tiling/Excavating $44,000.00 even, Gutwein Bulldozing & Excavating $49,500.00 and Weaver-Fox Bros. Excavating of Star City $58,000.00 even.” Chairman Burton stated they are all under the Surveyor’s estimated cost of the project. Chairman Burton said we can take the bids under advisement. He asked for the Surveyor’s opinion. Surveyor Sterrett stated he would like to go ahead and accept the low bid if Attorney Loy determines it is ok. Attorney Loy said it was ok.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the low bid of $44,000.00 from County Line Excavating/Tiling for the Reconstruction of the F. G. Church Drain. Chairman Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Engineer Frauhiger reviewed the drainage plan for Green’s Boat Storage which is at 400 N and 28 East in Liberty Township. Engineer Frauhiger stated, “This is a re-submittal. The original plan came in, we reviewed it, we asked for some further calculations. The original plan did not include a detention pond and upon review of those calculations, we contacted the engineering firm back and re-did calculations and a detention pond was required. Two existing buildings, the proposed building, currently there are two swales, one between the existing and proposed building and one on the north side of the proposed building. Those now appear to be graded away from where the neck of the channel is. The first thing we recommended was that those be graded such that any runoff from the new building would be captured in the drainage system in the pond and they have concurred to that. They have got two options, four-inch pipes taking the water over to the pond or another option we are looking at is using a rock swale with an eight-inch underdrain in it to keep it dry, to get the water to the pond. (Surveyor note: Plan shows 60 feet of 8 inch culvert under stone drive with swales to pond). Their detention pond is actually a little oversized. They required about 1,050 cubic feet and by my calculations they actually went up to about 2,300 cubic feet. And, all the water will be cast through the detention pond into the existing ravine through a six-inch tile. The calculations have been reviewed, they do meet both requirements. The ten year storm is being discharged at the rate of two year pre-developed and the hundred year storm is being discharged at the rate of ten year pre-developed. They have exceeded the required storage in the pond. Their six inch pipe does restrict flow back to the requirements. So, after the re-submittal I recommend approval on it.” Surveyor Sterrett said he also recommends approval.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to approve the drainage plan for Green’s Boat Storage, owner Melanie Green, in Liberty Township. Chairman Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Burton adjourned the meeting.