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February 20, 2007 Tape #004

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, John C. Heimlich and Ronald Schmierer, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett, Drainage Assistant Mary Sterrett and Charles Mellon in attendance.

Chairman Schmierer opened the meeting asking for approval of minutes. Board Member Burton so moved. Board Member Heimlich seconded. Minutes of February 5, 2007 meeting were approved unanimously.

Next on the agenda was to open sealed quotes on the maintenance project on the William Coonrod Drain Branch of the F. M. Coonrod Drain. Chairman Schmierer stated, “We have received three quotes, one from County Line, Grade A Excavating and Blackman.” The quotes are as follows: County Line $1,150.00 - Grade A Excavating $1,150.00 - Blackman $1,260.00 Surveyor Sterrett’s estimate was $1,200.00. After discussion by the Board, Board Member Burton made a motion to accept the bid of $1,150.00 by Grade A Excavating. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett presented a letter signed by the Cass County Drainage Board agreeing to waive their rights for a maintenance project on the Mertz and Muck Drain.

Surveyor Sterrett presented a petition for maintenance on the east end of the J. L. Ackerman Drain which was carried by Sam Kochel. Surveyor Sterrett pointed out on a map in the Bell Center Church area where the drain had been cleaned before. Surveyor Sterrett and Chairman Schmierer had been out and looked at it a few years ago. Surveyor Sterrett said, “I went out and looked at it and I didn’t think that cleaning that again would do any good. I think that it needs cleaned further so I had him sign a petition. This red is where we’ve had cleaned before, Branch Six. (Chairman Schmierer said it crosses Hwy. 16.) Sam Moore did the engineering on it. Then the dash line is Monty Moss’s project on the tile, where he put the tile in the ditch last fall, so that has been cleaned too.” Chairman Schmierer asked, “So you were going to clean it clear down in here.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “Right, where it intersects. Up there where we stopped…..” Chairman Schmierer said, “So instead of just cleaning it where he wants, you’re going to go on down and clean it to the end.” Surveyor Sterrett said that was his plan. Chairman Schmierer said, “He’s not going to get any drainage if you just clean it to here because down in here is where the problem is.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “It wasn’t that long ago that they cleaned that, but now there’s still cattails in it.”

Board Member Heimlich made a motion that we accept the petition for reconstruction on the J. L. Ackerman main ditch. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Sterrett addressed the Board about a concern of Greg Jacobs saying, “If you remember, I think it was in 2003, he came in and he was going to put seven or eight buildings along the bank (Lake Freeman) in White County and then he was going to do a subdivision in Carroll County. So now he’s got that hill where the ravine was where he is going to put the buildings, all dug out now. Down to water level. He has hauled the dirt into Carroll County. He was going to put those Florida-looking condominiums. He got primary approval for that. He has to go through Area Plan twice. (See tape for talk about what has been done in ravine area.) I went over and talked to Diann Weaver in Area Plan and she had a letter in her file from IDEM where he hasn’t completed his water permit. (Chairman Schmierer said he probably can’t build yet then.). Not yet. He has to get a permit from them first. So now he came in and he tried to get, to re-do his primary approval that he got from Area Plan and it didn’t pass 8 to 0. Because there was too much change. Area Plan thought he needed to come back with another primary approval. My question is, I don’t think his drainage approval would be any good either. I think he needs to submit another drainage plan. He is wanting to know.” Chairman Schmierer said, “I would say he needs a new drainage plan if he changed it that much.” Surveyor Sterrett said, “All the dirt is gone. (See tape for Board discussion.) What he wants to do is put in 169 boat slips in a housed-in area.” The Board decided Mr. Jacobs needs a drainage plan or a request for a waiver.

Meeting adjourned.