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January 15, 2007 Tape #002

The White County Drainage Board convened at 1:30 P. M., EDT in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building, Monticello, Indiana with Board Members Steven Burton, John C. Heimlich and Ronald Schmierer, Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett, Engineer L. Todd Frauhiger, and Drainage Assistant Mary Sterrett in attendance.

Others signing the register were Robert Smith (Cass Co.), Harold Reiff, Carl A. Zarse, Marlin Hunt, Mary H. L. McClellan, Thomas F. Gross, Donald Godlove, Marjorie Clothier, Patrick R. Godlove, Fred Boardman, Bruce Clear, Claude Butt, Dan Hunt, Sheila Hibbets, Dave Kilmer, John and Karen Million, Perry Godlove, Melvin Pete Rogers, Steve Rosentreter, Larry Rodziewicz, David Reiff. Others not signing the register were Eric Davison, Charles VanVoorst and Charlie Mellon.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 2, 2007 meeting as presented. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Schmierer opened the landowners meeting on the proposed Mertz and Muck Drain maintenance project. Surveyor Sterrett spoke to the group of landowners, “We are planning to do a cleanout of 8,950 feet of the Mertz Ditch and 7,850 feet of the Muck Branch of the Mertz Ditch. (Pointed out the area of the project on a map)” Chairman Schmierer said he understands we are going to do this as a maintenance project and there is enough money in the maintenance fund. He asked for an estimated cost. Surveyor Sterrett said his estimate is $21,365.30 and there is $61,679.00 in the fund. Maintenance has not been collected since 2003. It is on a variable rate and brings in $12,687.00 a year, with Cass County. Chairman Schmierer asked for questions or concerns. He said one landowner expressed concerns of putting the spill too close to the bank and it would come back in. Surveyor Sterrett said we usually keep it about ten feet back. Chairman Schmierer asked if it was an option that we can get it back further than that. Surveyor Sterrett said sure. Dan Hunt said the sides are caving in and it has to be from too much weight up above.

Surveyor Sterrett reported, “I did have a call this morning from David Fisher. He was in Texas and he does have land right here on this part of the Mertz Ditch. He wanted to remonstrate against it. He didn’t feel like it was doing him any good.” Board Member Burton asked if you can do that (remonstrate) on maintenance. See tape – inaudible responses. Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Actually the part of the ditch that is on him is like a snake and it is washing into the bank on one side and into the bank on the other side and I thought it should be straightened out there from CR 1150 on west where the Muck Branch comes in. And there is some slides on it down where the Muck Branch comes in. It is washing out because the ditch is too crooked. And, Mr. Pete Rogers called me and said he is against it because it wasn’t doing him any good where he lives.”

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Does everyone understand that we are going to do this under maintenance that it is not going to be another assessment to the ditch, it is just maintenance. The maintenance money that is there.” Board Member Heimlich said that would still leave forty thousand dollars in the fund. He asked if we have sprayed it recently and what are the spraying costs on this for a year. Surveyor Sterrett stated there’s no brush on it. At the north end of the Muck Branch there’s a little bit. Board Member Heimlich wanted to get an idea of the normal maintenance costs. Surveyor Sterrett answered, “In 2005, evidently we did it by township, about eleven hundred dollars we spent on spraying.” Board Members Burton and Heimlich didn’t think it would have to go back on collecting maintenance after the project. Surveyor Sterrett explained and corrected, “It collects almost $17,000.00 a year, did I say 12,000.00? Oh, I’m sorry, that’s acreage. 16,800 is the benefited acreage. $12,687.00 is what it collects a year.” Board Member Heimlich asked what the low and high range is. He said, “If there’s 16,000 acres, a lot of it would be under a dollar an acre.” It was consensus of the Board not to put the drain back on maintenance after this project.

Steve Rosentreter said, “On that where it is headed north, does it go all the way to the end of the ditch?” Surveyor Sterrett said pretty close. Rosentreter said he is concerned with the last quarter of a mile. He said if it is going to be dug clear to the end he has no problem. Surveyor Sterrett said it is going to be close; it is less than a quarter of a mile. Chairman Schmierer said that part of it is a natural drain that it goes in to. Rosentreter said part of it was cleaned in 1985 all the way back up to the end. See tape for discussion of spoil placement at that time.

Harold Reiff spoke, “We are on the south branch of that, on the tail end, is this all one maintenance fund for the entire thing?” Surveyor Sterrett said it is all one. Mr. Reiff wondered if he was going to have to pay for what wasn’t going to do him any good he said the tile is basically plugged west of us and we’re not getting drainage. Surveyor Sterrett answered, “It is coming out of the maintenance fund.” Chairman Schmierer said, “If this is dipped out will that free the tile up to run?” Harold Reiff said, “I don’t know, he’ll have to survey that and see. It starts right there on the north side of Willie Mote’s junkyard. They’re having trouble getting rid of that water. Particularly in our field and to the west of us. We lost about a third of a field of alfalfa because there was no drainage. But yet we’re having to pay for the maintenance on it.” Chairman Schmierer wanted to know if this was the same tile that needed worked on a few years ago and Willie didn’t want us to come on his property. Harold Reiff thinks it is. He said it is the one that went right along side on the north side of the junk yard and supposedly they moved the tile out in the field. Board Member Heimlich said we did a lot of work out there at Willie Motes four or five years ago. Chairman Schmierer asked, “This tile you are talking about not draining is that a County tile also?” Mr. Reiff said, “It is right on County Road 1300, supposedly at the start of the tile. I’m pretty sure it is (a County tile).” Surveyor Sterrett said he was aware of that tile but didn’t know what this has to do with that tile. Chairman Schmierer said, “He thought it drained into that tile.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “Into the ditch? It might. I think it is on its own maintenance. That’s what he’s asking about that tile?” Board Member Heimlich said, “Whether that tile is on its own maintenance or part of this (Mertz and Muck Drain) Surveyor Sterrett said he can come down to my office and find out.

Larry Rodziewicz stated, “I own about 1,400 feet of Pike Creek. Over here on 175 and 39. I got a letter. Does it pertain to me or what?” Surveyor Sterrett said, “He is just in the watershed. There are 450 people in the watershed. That’s why he got a letter. No, there’s not going to be any work done there.”

Another landowner spoke, “My name is Hank Smith. I live up there north on 39, on the north section of Pike Creek. All of this drains in to Pike Creek, right? My question is, we have a lot of trees down in that creek. When you start dumping more water into it, that’s going to contribute more erosion to the snaking part of the creek. And, what are we going to do about getting the trees out of there?” Chairman Schmierer asked if Pike Creek was a regulated drain. Surveyor Sterrett said, “It is only regulated down to here, as near as I can tell (indicated on map). It might be down to 39.” Hank Smith stated, “You know they are worrying about the silt built up in the lake and everything else, you start eroding the ditch banks it dumps the silt right back into Lake Freeman.” Chairman Schmierer stated, “I haven’t been out there for a long time, but Pike Creek, the trees and stuff that are down in Pike Creek, I’m not so sure that’s the regulated part.” Surveyor Sterrett said he does not think it is. Chairman Schmierer asked, “The trees that are down in Pike Creek that you’re talking about, are they on the east side of 39?” Hank Smith said, “The ones I know about are on the east side of 39. I’ve been here now eleven years and right there at the culvert at 39 the County had someone come in and cut a tree up one time that was laying across the culvert on the east side. And then they had somebody pull a tree out towards the back of my property that was lying across the creek. I know that right in through there probably three trees that are in the creek or lying all over the bank or slid into the creek.” Chairman Schmierer said, “That will have to be looked at but I’m not sure it is regulated drain. I can’t answer your question because I’m not sure it is regulated drain. Denny can’t either until we look it up and see if it is regulated. If it IS regulated we can take care of it. If it isn’t, we can’t touch it because it is DNR.”

Board Member Burton stated, “If we back up ten or fifteen years, Pike Creek should’ve had, what we are going to dip out should’ve been flowing through this Mertz and Muck Drain. That water should’ve been flowing through there years ago before it started to silt up, so we’re not asking Pike Creek to accept more than what was originally there fifteen years ago.”

Melvin Pete Rogers said he thinks somewhere below his 30 acres of muck and where Dave Reiff built his hog buildings needs dipped out. He spent $3,500.00 on tile this fall and his tile is under water again. He said we need some help up in there. Surveyor Sterrett said, “I went out and looked at it. I couldn’t tell whether it needed five or six miles dipped out or what.” Chairman Schmierer asked, “How far we are going from where he is talking about? We aren’t even close to it are we?” Surveyor Sterrett said no. Mr. Rogers said, “Right straight north of Burnettsville at the end of the Houston Ditch way up by Clyde Luzzader used to live. We come clear down around Calvin Wright’s.” Chairman Schmierer asked, “Your water from up there comes clear down to there?” Mr. Rogers said, “Clear to Pike Creek. That’s what they always told me.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “You must be on a different drain.” (The Houston Ditch) Chairman Schmierer said, “You might have to get a petition around to get it dipped. I would suggest seeing Denny at his office and see where we’re at. Get it on the agenda to try to get it dipped.”

Chairman Schmierer said, “I think it is pretty much consensus that this wouldn’t have been petitioned if it didn’t need done. I think that if they have concerns about how far dirt has been dipped back, if anybody has concerns of that, contact Denny and we will try to work with you to try to get it back off of the bank. I’ve never known us to not be able to work with somebody on that.” Surveyor Sterrett stated, “It is usually put back off of the bank the width of the excavator.”

Board Member Burton stated, “In the process, as this is bid out, it should be known to the contractor that is what the wishes are.” Surveyor Sterrett said he will put it in the specs. Surveyor Sterrett said, “Since Cass County also drains into this, I sent Cass County Surveyor a letter requesting that they consent to us cleaning it out and their meeting is tomorrow. They have $288.00 in it (yearly).” Attorney Loy asked, “But there isn’t a joint Board? They relinquished?” Board Member Heimlich said, “That’s what he was asking them, to relinquish their authority.”

Chairman Schmierer stated, “I would entertain a motion that we direct the Surveyor, upon the receipt of a letter of consent from Cass County to go ahead and proceed with going ahead to receive bids for maintenance project on this drain (Mertz & Muck Drain).” Board Member Heimlich so moved. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Next on the agenda, Engineer Frauhiger presented a review of drainage plans for VeraSun for a proposed ethanol plant north of Reynolds in Honey Creek Township. Engineer Frauhiger stated, “Denny and I had a chance to meet with Eric Davison from HDR Engineering this morning. We thought a good way to start is to give Eric a chance to give you an overall view of the project.” Eric Davison said they have been retained by VeraSun to do the initial site grading for the proposed ethanol facility. He presented site maps. He made the Board familiar with the site north of Reynolds. It is mainly the (Ron) Allen land parcels in the area of Highway 421, County Road 100, TPW Railroad and CSX Railroad and how the plant would lay. He pointed out a thirty acre tank farm. Eric said the historic land use has been agricultural and it will now be primarily impervious surface and every time it rains that water has to go somewhere. He said, “We have taken great care to understand the historic drainage patterns on this site but realizing this large area here is basically impervious, we can’t put that water off the site, in your ordinances, we have attenuated the flow so that the ten year storm doesn’t release any more than the two and the hundred, we don’t release any more than ten, obviously we are going back to the Fraser Ditch. Luckily, we had the benefit of this very large rail loop, just so you know; they are going to bring in multiple trains. These will be unit car trains sometimes as many as 90 cars. They bring in grain, obviously to do the process and load out ethanol. And there are some by-products that are marketable. They may be also shipped out. We had this tremendous rail loop area so that freed up all this land inside. Our goal is really to leave it as close to agricultural usage as it historically has been. VeraSun will most likely try to lease some of this land back, and so these homes, their final status, they may be taken down or they may remain for the use of like, the plant manager or something like that. That’s still in play. The idea from VeraSun is they’d like to be able to farm everything inside this loop and even though we’ll have contractors parking over here, contractor lay down, we want to revert that back, they wish, to lease that as farmland. But, being north, what we have done is drain all this impervious area, now while these ditches may look pretty big, if you see a profile of it, this is ten to one slope, so, I mean, here’s your Fraser Ditch. You can see how close the little contour lines are here. This will look like a very gentle swale it looks maybe massive on a flat piece of paper like this. But, this is ten to one. You could obviously drive farm vehicles down into these. But that’s just to get the water…..we want to create a natural attenuation area so that we can retain, now that we created all this impervious area, to abide by your ordinances of the release. We’ll have a natural attenuation area under the ten year storm. This will probably have about a foot of water in it. Under the hundred year, we try to keep it about two and a half feet and then this would drain a day or so. It is not the intent to create a wetland here but we actually want to be able to put some sort of grass in there and be able to at least mow it on a quarterly basis. But this is really a dry pond. It’s not the intent to create a wet one. We really do want to maintain farm use in and around the site since we have all this land in here to be able to do that with. So, what we have provided to Todd and Denny is our calculations, you know, how much water are we going to generate as compared to what has historically been released to the site. That is part of his review, to check our calcs and that we properly attenuated that, so that we don’t burden from historic what’s been released into the Fraser off of this 270 acre site. So there’s quite a few open ditches and some culverts going underneath this rail loop and then we’ve got ditches all along the rail itself and all that is forced to go back into the center of the property. It is kind of unique because of the rail loop that has allowed us to keep everything captured and on this property, released only at the rates dictated by your ordinances.”

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “As a matter of fact, I’ll add to that, there are a couple of places in this corner or that corner where there’s currently water draining from the property off-site to other watersheds. With the rail system going in, all that water is going to be directed back into the storm water detention area there talked about and actually takes the burden off of these two watersheds at the various edges.” Engineer Frauhiger stated the detention area is about forty acres. He explained, “The other thing they are going to do, there is a regulated County tile called the Bess Tile. The legal description of the tile ends it up right here and we think in actuality it ends here (indicated on drawing). A portion of the field, according to the owner, has been tiled to flow that way. As a matter of fact, Denny did find one air well and when he looked in that air well the flow was indeed moving off-site. We don’t think this portion of the tile, if it is in, is active. We don’t think it is in, the owner is pretty sure it’s not in. But, what will be requested is to vacate this tile and you will see that the drainage then from the site is going to be picked up in the swales Eric was talking about. One of the questions that HDR had for Denny and I, is what to do with this portion of new tile that they are putting in. It will lay at the approximate same alignment as the existing County tile. It is our recommendation that the vacation goes all the way to the outlet. Then this portion, this outlet for their detention pond actually becomes a private drain and that will be maintained and owned by VeraSun. The reason we are doing that is, otherwise it would be a regulated drain with one landowner, so it didn’t make any sense to keep it regulated. It will just be a private tile outlet into the open ditch.” Board Member Heimlich said, “So we would vacate the entire length of that.” Engineer Frauhiger stated, “What we would do is the legal description clear up to the end whether or not it exists or not.”

Board Member Burton said, “Addressing this water that you think is flowing southeast even though it should go northeast or northwest?” Surveyor Sterrett said, “Yes, I talked to Mr. (Ron) Allen. It is running toward the Diener Ditch.” Board Member Burton said, “Can we make sure, I would assume, that you are not allowing water to continue to go that direction?” Eric Davison said, “What we talked about, when we put the rail loop in, if we find tiles we are going to just cap them. So, this portion could continue to go, but we’ll just cap them.” Board Member Burton said, “Right, so that water wouldn’t be going….inaudible.” Engineer Frauhiger said, “And when we find them we will make sure which way the water is going before we cap them so we don’t cap something coming on. And the other thing we talked about is where existing field tiles, I think Eric mentioned that some of the land will be farmed, where existing field tiles are exposed one of two things is going to happen. They will either outlet them into the swales if the swales are deep enough. If not, they can probably use the outlet of their private drain over here.”

Chairman Schmierer said the field tile shouldn’t affect anybody but them. Todd said that is correct. Eric Davison said he just wants it to be a dry pond and be able to get in to mow it so they are probably going to have to tile it. Engineer Frauhiger explained that it is forty acres; it is going to be lowered another two to five feet; it will be a definite depressed area. He said they call it attenuation but it’s really a detention area. The calculations were all reviewed, they all checked out; they did a really good job. A couple of questions they had went back and forth and got corrected.

Chairman Schmierer asked if anybody wanted to address this, if anybody has concerns with this. Charles VanVoorst for the Town of Reynolds spoke up, “I have a question. We have a Holcomb Tile that goes across the corner of Diener property. We have always had a problem with drainage in that end of town. I realize that …inaudible…it doesn’t affect that drain or anything as far as cutting it off. I was just hoping there might be something we might be able to do in your plans to maybe help us with that drainage in that part of our town. Denny has worked on it several times to try to help us to alleviate that problem. I’m not sure what we can do, but we’re looking for help in that corner of that property. I believe it goes underneath the Co-op, underneath 421 and over to the Fraser Ditch.

Board Member Heimlich stated, “So it goes through the fertilizer plant? A couple of people talked to me the other night at the meeting about the possibility of getting a camera in there at the road.” Charlie VanVoorst said, “It is broke down all the way through that field.” Board Member Heimlich asked which field. Charlie VanVoorst said, “Dieners.” Eric Davison said, “This little triangular piece right here. It’s not quite clear how that goes across the track and let alone gets into the Fraser. When you built the new sewer it got kind of modified. So it comes over here, comes down.” Engineer Frauhiger showed, “It used to go across one of these properties here, under one of these buildings, it’s been relocated this way I think.” Board Member Heimlich stated, “We did some work there three or four years ago.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “I think it was 2002 or 2003, when I first came in office. I think you can see it right there. I don’t know how it gets across there.” Charlie VanVoorst said, “It goes right across the corner of that fertilizer building built right on top of it. I know it comes across the corner of that building and right here at the highway is that outlet.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “We had it dug up here and put a new tile, a six or eight inch here for Coffin.” Chairman Schmierer said we aren’t going to affect that any with this. Eric Davison said, “No, even with our tie-in to the CSX, we are back into their right-of-way before we go over the top of your seventy-five foot right-of-way. We’re not into it.” Charlie VanVoorst said, “This drains part of the fairgrounds. I know they put a new drain in, but if you go by the fairgrounds today it’s all flooded around the extension office and stuff and if there’s any way that we could work together try to fix that through there I think it would not only help the fairgrounds…..” Board Member Heimlich asked, “Where do you think it is broke down?” Charlie VanVoorst said, “We dug it up in several spots and it is clay tile and it has just come apart and then I believe it is broke down here where it goes underneath the highway.” Board Member Heimlich said it is regulated. Charlie said it just doesn’t work very well. Chairman Schmierer asked why don’t you petition it?

See tape for further discussion about location and elevations. Charlie VanVoorst asked, “We can’t come up to your drain and hook in to it?” Engineer Frauhiger said, “That’s what I was just looking at. I don’t think it is going to be deep enough.” Board Member Burton asked, “What is the elevation was where they are actually going to go to the ditch, back this way, right where it goes under the tracks north there.” Eric Davison said, “This lays pretty flat, it is 78 or 75.” Engineer Frauhiger said it is close to the existing drain. See tape for further elevations. Chairman Schmierer said if the tile is under the fertilizer building it will have to be moved to do anything with it. Board Member Heimlich asked Charlie how much of the town does that Holcomb Tile drain. Charlie said it comes in from the north side and goes under the railroad tracks and goes all the way up to the highway. It goes over to the fairgrounds and is hooked into that tile which didn’t work so you guys took a new tile on to the ditch. It is still not working, I was over today and it is flooded. Board Member Burton asked if there is going to be an actual ditch between the two railroad tracks except for where you spur into it? Eric Davison said, “The side ditch along the railroad track is not steep enough. I can’t make it wide enough to carry much of anything. That’s just to drain the ballast and sub-ballast either side.” Board Member Burton said, “So that’s out of the question, if we did anything it’s got to go to the inside.” Eric Davison said, “You gotta get into one of these ditches. Because that’s just strictly so we don’t lose the rail.” Engineer Frauhiger said, “I think what is going to happen, Steve, it’s going to have to be a new pipe run down.” Board Member Burton said, “I wouldn’t want to put water in your retention but if there is some way we, if it is feasible to run that water north, instead of trying to go underneath their property across the highway.” Chairman Schmierer said that would probably drain the fairgrounds, too. Engineer Frauhiger said, “What would have to happen is, this detention pond would be tying in down here, and wherever it is tied in, that portion of the pipe would have to be upsized. Because the fifteen inch is just adequate to get rid of the water from the site, it’s fully used.” Board Member Burton said, “The cost might be minimal, there you’re talking fifteen (inch) and it probably wouldn’t be over twenty-four (inch)?” Engineer Frauhiger said that was right. Chairman Burton said, “IF it is feasible.” Board Member Heimlich said there would have to be some surveying done to see. Chairman Schmierer asked if there is going to be room to come in between the property line and the railroad tracks. Eric Davison explained they have a process well in there and they will be drilling another well, and they will put a casing under here, we’re coming across up to our water treatment facility. He said, “It gets awful tight and I guess I’m a little concerned, CSX is going to really weigh into this, see that connection is really theirs and they don’t like, they want you to always be right angles to their tracks. I think that is going to be problematic, trying to get CSX to work with us.” See tape for conversations, looking at connections, elevations of tiles on plans and how repairs can be made.

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “If the tile is full of water, you are not going to get a camera in it.” Engineer Frauhiger asked what size the tile is. Surveyor Sterrett thinks it is probably fifteen inch tile. Eric Davison explained how they are going to try to pick up the low area. See tape - for multiple inaudible conversations on where water goes and what has been replaced. Surveyor Sterrett said in 1991 a thousand feet of tile was replaced. He explained other repairs that have been made. So that part should be alright. See tape for area where the problems are thought to be. Charlie VanVoorst thinks under the Co-op. He said they were hoping if the County came up that way with a drain the town could hook on to it without going under the highway. Chairman Schmierer stated we need to drain the town and the fairgrounds.

Chairman Schmierer stated, “I would entertain a motion to approve the drainage plans for the VeraSun Ethanol Plant.” Board Member Burton so moved. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett presented a petition from Ray Smolek for the Carter-Hines Drain saying, “Back in 2002 when I came on (as Surveyor), I think Ron was on the Board, we cleaned three miles of it, from here up (indicated on drawing). He petitioned the whole thing, eight miles.” Chairman Schmierer asked if there is a lot of brush. Surveyor Sterrett said he thinks there is. Chairman Schmierer asked where we stopped at before. Surveyor Sterrett said at CR 600 N. Board Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the petition for maintenance on the Carter-Hines Drain. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett reported he took a contractor out to the site of the Joseph Kellenburger Tile and Open Drain where repair is needed because the County tile is under water. There is a power line on the road side of the ditch which makes the project difficult. It was previously discussed at a Drainage Board meeting. Surveyor Sterrett said, “I am saying it is going to cost, forty truckloads of dirt, probably $2,000.00 for the hauling and for the dipping, nine hundred feet and I figured a dollar a foot. So about three thousand dollars, if you haul it off.” Adjoining landowner Diener talked to Surveyor Sterrett and said if they had to haul the dirt they could haul it around to his ground and dump it into a low hole. Surveyor Sterrett said, “I took Mike Ezra out there and he said he could do it a dollar a foot on the ditch and scrape it off for about $600.00, he’s talking somewhere around $1,500.00. There’s $1,493.00 in the maintenance fund. It collects $2,100.00 a year. I would like to get Mike out there to do it.” Board Member Heimlich made a motion to allow Surveyor Sterrett to clean the Joseph Kellenburger Open Ditch for a thousand feet. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett report, “Mr. Welker (Richard) came in, in 2004 and reported that his land isn’t draining. Cass Township. There’s a branch right here two thousand feet long that goes into the F. M. Coonrod. This is the William Coonrod. This needs cleaned. It is paid by the F. M. Coonrod. I’ve already surveyed it.” Chairman Schmierer asked what the estimated cost is. Surveyor Sterrett thinks it could be done for less than $1,500.00 and it has $10,855.00 in the maintenance fund. He said there’s a lot of muck where it starts, no brush and two landowners. He asked if they wanted to have a landowners’ meeting on it. He said there’s two landowners on the branch but there’s a lot on the main. Board Member Heimlich made a motion to direct the Surveyor to get quotes and proceed with the project on the William Coonrod Branch of the F. M. Coonrod Drain. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett reported he has the W. W. Raub Drain project ready and the landowner letters will be mailed out January 22, 2007. See tape - Charlie Mellon reported the 36 inch tile on the west side of Sixth Street isn’t running right behind Rudy Owens, Dwayne’s World and Hardebeck. He said also a ditch back there is full of stuff and needs cleaned out.

Chairman Schmierer adjourned the meeting.