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March 19, 2007 Tape #006

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, Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett and Secretary Romana Kiser.

Chairman Schmierer called the meeting to order. Board Member Heimlich made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 5, 2007 meeting as presented. Board Member Burton seconded the motion.

Chairman Schmierer stated for the record that the Williams Communication bond has been released.

Surveyor Sterrett presented the petition for Vacation of the J. M. Bess Tile Drain for VeraSun. The Hearing will be held April 5, 2007 at 8:00 A.M. Board Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the petition. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

The Board discussed maintenance request on the Esther Fraser Drain made by Bob Tribbett who owns ground on the west end. Surveyor Sterrett said that Brian Furrer had trouble carrying a petition for work on the Esther Fraser because people didn’t want to sign it because it was reconstruction. Board Member Heimlich said he told him just to turn it in because they could probably do the project under maintenance because there is a lot of money in the Fraser maintenance fund. Secretary Kiser said there is approximately ninety thousand dollars. Board Member Heimlich said it needs dug all the way along there. Surveyor Sterrett said it needs immediate attention from CR 300 West to the head, about two miles. Board Member Heimlich said it needs attention downstream, too. Chairman Schmierer said it just needs dipped, there’s no brush on there. Surveyor Sterrett said he didn’t think there is any brush on the two miles he is talking about. Chairman Schmierer asked if it can be dipped back to original levels without being surveyed. Board Member Heimlich said Jeff Healy of Banning Engineering maintains that if you are putting it back to original grade that is maintenance not reconstruction. Surveyor Sterrett said, “The only problem I have is how do I know if he is getting it deep enough. I can estimate it at a dollar or dollar and a half a linear foot, but the way I estimate it is how much dirt is coming out. I don’t think a lot of the contractors pay any attention to that. They just figure up how much time it is going to take them to dig a hundred feet or so.”

Board Member Heimlich asked how many miles long the Fraser Ditch is. Surveyor Sterrett said it is less than ten miles, probably six or seven, maybe eight. There are no permits needed if it is less than ten miles. Board Member Heimlich asked what the estimated cost would be if we were going to dip the entire ditch. Surveyor Sterrett said, “If it is a dollar a foot it would be about forty thousand.” Secretary Kiser stated she believes there is ninety thousand dollars in the maintenance fund. Surveyor Sterrett said he could probably survey it this summer. The Board discussed that Gary Cooper doesn’t want the whole ditch done; he just wants to start at CR 300 W and just go through his ground. The Board discussed taking the ditch back to original levels without surveying and do the whole ditch and call a landowners meeting.

Surveyor Sterrett reported that he is currently working on surveying the A. K. Ruth Ditch up by Thomasville, east of Monon. Surveyor Sterrett also stated he went back out to the site that Arlene Darnstaedt called about out at Riverview Cemetery. Darnstaedt's are concerned that the fill from the old Molter Auto Sales building being dumped there by Overbeck and Geier will block their tile. Surveyor Sterrett said the tile is coming out at the head of the ravine. He doesn’t think that where they have filled in has hurt anything. There is probably forty or fifty foot of fall from her outlet to where they are filling. It would have to fill up fifty feet before it would plug their tile up. He does not think it will cause her a problem. Chairman Schmierer said, “No, not yet. If they filled the whole thing in it might.”

Surveyor Sterrett reported that Town of Wolcott employees called Friday to report a suck hole developing over the Unroe Drain at Fourth and Scott Streets over the new tile. It is right next to the manhole between the street and the manhole. It is a new sealed manhole with concrete tiles. He has called Stoker Emond to do the repair.

Surveyor Sterrett reported he has surveyed the County Farm as requested. Chairman Schmierer stated that sixty acres was leased out this morning. Attorney Loy asked Surveyor Sterrett for the legal description for sixty acres.

Board Member Heimlich reported that Jan Rule is proposing to put rip rap on the east side of his property and there are places where that would go over unto the County ground up to ten feet. There’s an area between the property line of those homes and the fence line from the cemetery that is County owned ground. Chairman Schmierer said they had told Mr. Rule that one of the Commissioners would get out there with the Surveyor in the next couple of weeks and look at it. Surveyor Sterrett stated that Mr. Rule owns Lot 7.

Board Member Heimlich reported on the Monon Ditch, “We had a meeting Thursday night and voted to reject the Surveyor’s Report which ended the Reconstruction Hearing. Then we came back in to the regular meeting and have agreed to a project presented by Banning and Associates, Jeff Healy, a maintenance project which would entail dipping from just south of 1100 South in Pulaski County to State Road 14. Approximately a two million dollar project. We also instructed the Surveyor to send out notices for a Maintenance Modification Hearing to raise the maintenance one time, ten dollars, to pay for that project. So we should have a Hearing on that in probably six weeks. We had the meeting the other night at the Pulaski County Highway Garage and didn’t have many people there. The major objectors from before were there and didn’t object to this. I don’t think there will be a lot of objections to this.” The original project was estimated at eight million dollars.

Chairman Schmierer adjourned the meeting.