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July 20, 2009

The White County Drainage Board convened at 10:40 A. M. in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building, Monticello, Indiana. Board members present were: President Ronald Schmierer, Vice President Steve Burton, and Drainage Board Member John Heimlich. Also present were Surveyor Dennis Sterrett, Drainage Assistant Mary Sterrett and Secretary Jamie Rozzi.

Sharon Watson was also in attendance.

The first item on the agenda was to approve the minutes from the July 6th, 2009 meeting. Board Member Heimlich so moved. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.


The next item on the agenda is the John Day Tile (Monticello).


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Where is this tile located?”


Surveyor Sterrett explained, “It is down south of town. It empties into the Buss Ditch down by the park. We got a public notice from DNR that they were going to reconstruct the county tile…the city was. The notice stated the project is going to alleviate present flooding conditions in the project area by disconnecting storm drain runoff and existing combined sewer and to provide a storm water conveyance system to route storm water flow into an adequate 24 inch and 42 inch outfall channel.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Wasn’t Joe Mowrer in here with that?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yes, and I believe they are going to reconstruct the tile from the National Homes addition down to Buss Ditch. I think there is a 21 inch outlet there now. I called Joe Mowrer about it because this neighbor, Max Hauck, got the same letter and he was concerned about the outlet size being bigger than what it is now and water running into his bank. So, I called Joe Mowrer and he’s supposed to get us some plans.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “So, we’re just on hold here…we don’t have to act on it until we know something.”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Right, but the notice was addressed to the Drainage Board so I thought I would bring it in and report.”


The second item on the agenda was Scott’s Wild Bird Seed Expansion (Reynolds).


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Do they have enough room to get that in…isn’t it getting close to the railroad?”


Surveyor Sterrett explained, “They are only doing 2,000 square feet addition on the west end, but they sent a letter…that is away from the county tile, the county tile that they relocated…the Hendress Tile.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “We haven’t had any problems with it since they did that?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “No, but I think they did build a scale over the top or near it, but I don’t see any problem with this addition. It’s on gravel anyway…”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “Well, if you’re not bothered with it.”


Board Member Heimlich stated, “So, the surface water goes south along that ditch along the railroad and goes down to the…”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “Yeah.”


Surveyor Sterrett stated, “And the elevator…co-op just re-did that ditch.”


The next item discussed was spraying ditches for 2009. Surveyor Sterrett explained, “Shidler Spray Service started spraying the ditches and have sent us a bill for the part west of Monon, the northwest part of the county. So, I looked at the ditches that they sprayed and most of them were real good, except for two. I didn’t see where they touched the McKillip, which was two miles. So, I called the spray guy and he called me back and he was going back up there this morning. He said they had three crews doing the ditches in White County and he wasn’t on that one so he was going back up and re-do it if he had to, but that is the only one I’ve seen so far…”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Did the other company (Townsend) come in and do what they were supposed to do (2008 spray)?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “They started last week. I haven’t looked at their work yet. They were starting on Big Creek he told me.”


The next item discussed was Jordan Park/City of Monticello. Surveyor Sterrett explained, “We were waiting on them to get some elevations for the outlet. I talked to Bob Gross of R. W. Gross and he said there was grade there before you even get to the brush and I said I’d like to know how much farther we’d have to go. He said they could either make us a plan or go out and do the ditch like it’s going to be and then submit that to the drainage board again.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Have they got permission from the railroad to do it?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “They got oral permission, but they wouldn’t give them written permission. I think the plan is now is to go out and cut the side ditch down the way it’s going to be at the end and then we can review it. He hasn’t submitted a plan yet on the outlet. He said they wouldn’t give them written permission, but told them to go ahead and do what they needed to do.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Have they started on it, I wonder?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “No, not to my knowledge.”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “Well, don’t you think we want to hold off on giving them….until they have drainage. If they don’t, we won’t get drainage out there and then we’ll have everyone else in here.”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah, I agree. I’m just bringing you up to date on that.”


Surveyor Sterrett reported that he had a meeting regarding the Unroe Drain. He explained, “Last week I met with Engineer Frauhiger on the Unroe Drain to try to figure out why there was 10 foot elevation between our plan and the state’s plan. We went back into his field notes and it looks like, looking at the USGS map, that our elevations are closer than INDOT. So, we have a call in to the consultant that did the plans and he is on vacation. I talked to Engineer Frauhiger this morning and he hadn’t called back yet. Either we’re going to have to change our plans or they’re going to have to change theirs…the elevations and then we can come up with an estimate, better than what we got now.”


Surveyor Sterrett reported that today he was going to submit a Department of Natural Resources SEA368 review for the Emmet Rayman Ditch.


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Have they put those new tubes in?”


Board Member Burton replied, “No, they aren’t going to do that. They put a turning lane in there because they missed their….”


Surveyor Sterrett stated, “They didn’t want to wait on a DNR review.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “How will they get across that ditch then?”

Board Member Burton stated, “Well, they’re going out on Slayton’s which is south of State Road 18 and coming straight across State Road 18. I’ve asked John Thompson to leverage as much as can to try and pull that old cement bridge out of there.”


Surveyor Sterrett asked, “Do you want to consider that on the reconstruction project, as being part of the reconstruction project?”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “To take that out of there? It shouldn’t be that costly to take it out of there.”


Surveyor Sterrett stated, “I wouldn’t think so. A cost of hauling it away I suppose.”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “I would think that would be a good idea, personally.”


Surveyor Sterrett also reported that he had received a letter that Jasper County regarding the letting of bids for the Owen Denton project. Bids are to be opened August 4th, 2009.


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Do you have most the jobs done you had quoted?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah.”


Chairman Schmierer asked if there was anything further for the Drainage Board. Chairman Schmierer then adjourned the meeting.