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September 18, 2006 Tape #018

The White County Drainage Board convened at 10:30 A.M., EDT in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building, Monticello, Indiana with Board Members Steven Burton, O. D. “Bud” Ferguson and John C. Heimlich, Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett and Secretary Romana Kiser in attendance. Also attending were Allen Howe, Charlie Mellon and Jack Pherson.

Chairman Burton called the meeting to order. Board Member Ferguson made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 5, 2006 meeting. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett reported the Reconstruction on the J. P. Carr Drain in Prairie Township is done. The Board signed the Report showing the Completion and Acceptance of Work and Final Payment. Surveyor Sterrett inspected the project last Friday.

Surveyor Sterrett reported he asked Contractor Allen Howe for a quote on dipping out the John Downey Open Ditch at the Boy Scout Camp since he is going to be doing the Boy Scout Camp’s work on the project. The quote is for dipping nineteen hundred and fifty feet of open ditch and Allen Howe’s quote is for $2,000.00. Board Member Heimlich asked if there was money in the maintenance fund. Surveyor Sterrett said there is $6,200.00 in it. He said he thought he would go ahead and get the dredging done on maintenance before the Hearing while he has time to do it and that gets us down to .08 percent grade. There was a foot of silt in front of the outlet causing it to stand full. Surveyor Sterrett stated that he felt the quote was reasonable.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the quote of $2,000.00 to dip the 1,950 feet of the John Downey Open Ditch. Board Member Ferguson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett recognized Jack Pherson and asked if he had something to comment on. Jack Pherson asked, “Did you receive a letter or comment or anything from (Mark) Bentlage?” Surveyor Sterrett answered, “Yes, I got a call from him the first of last week. This is on taking the trees off of the Hinshaw - Burch Tile. He’s got four hundred foot in there. He did call me and he indicated that he might want to take them off himself. I am supposed to meet him out there. He was going to call me when he could get away.” Jack Pherson said. “It sounds like another stall tactic.” Chairman Burton stated, “But if you do that, you can go out there and put a time limit on it.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “Right, that’s what I was going to do, meet him out there and say ‘you have to have them off by such and such time or we are coming in to take them off.’ That’s what I was going to do.” Jack Pherson agreed with that and reminded that after the crops come off they can enter through their property. Surveyor Sterrett will meet with him and give him a time limit and explain the situation.

Charles Mellon asked if there was any update on the Harp-Helfrick Drain situation at Buffalo. Charlie Mellon said he has been talking to Walt Hough and he reported that what he is hearing sounds like they’ve made up their mind to have the silt sucked out clear down to the river. Chairman Burton said it sounds like this is going through as a private deal. He said we will see what SFLECC Director Daryl Johns comes up with; he is to come back to the Drainage Board. Board Member Heimlich asked if they would also do the gravel pits. Charlie answered yes, clear down to the river. Charlie stated that some also think the pipes under Palmer Drive need extended. Chairman Burton stated, “To the people who said that, I passed that on to the County Highway personnel and he said those pipes are sufficient.”

Board Member Heimlich reported on the Monon Ditch Joint Board meetings. He said they have a continued Hearing this Thursday, September 21, 2006. He feels it will be continued again because this Thursday will decide if they will be getting a new engineering firm. Surveyor Sterrett asked if that Board thinks the engineering is not adequate. Board Member Heimlich explained there are 5 different Counties involved and they all have different opinions. He said those around North Judson have been the most critical of the project as a whole and also of the engineering firm. There was a letter that accompanied the last invoice and they asked the Board to sign off saying that they had completed the contractual work but the Board felt they were not finished since they still had a Hearing being continued. Charlie Mellon stated the upper end does some cleaning of their own and they aren’t the ones hurting. Board Member Heimlich said it is mucky up on the upper end and they have to dip it regularly, but it is also that muck that is coming down and filling in down east of Francesville. He said that has been a constant fight at those meetings, it’s the North versus the South, who is going to pay? Charlie said he thinks they should adjust the assessments the old time way, the way it is now it is all one price (flat rate).

Chairman Burton adjourned the meeting.