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August 3, 2009

The White County Drainage Board convened at 10:30 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 Drainage Board Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis Sterrett, Drainage Assistant Mary Sterrett and Secretary Jamie Rozzi.

Also in attendance were Engineer Todd Frauhiger, Charlie Mellon, Frank Gick, and Todd Redlin representing Richel Enterprises.

The first item on the agenda was to approve the minutes from the July 20th, 2009 meeting. Board Member Heimlich so moved. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

 

The next item on the agenda was a Maintenance Modification Hearing for the Walter Chapman Ditch.

 

Surveyor Sterrett explained, “This is a Maintenance Modification Hearing. We notified 47 landowners in White County and 7 in Jasper County that we were having a hearing. We’ve done some work on it. If you’ll remember, we cleaned out a part of it through Mr. Hallar.”

 

Chairman Schmierer explained, “Right there off of State Road 16. Primarily, we’re raising the assessments to get money back into the fund.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett explained, “It’s $1.00 an acre now and we’re raising it to $3.00 per acre to get money back into the fund. There is a strip to the north of where we did that is wooded, and it’s going to take some money.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “That strip through the woods is running pretty good in the woods, but it’s still going to need cleaned out, brush primarily.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “This will raise it up to about $7,000 per year that it would bring in.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Is there anyone in the room that would like to speak to this? Or have questions on it?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “The only call I received was from Rose Acre Farms. They were just wanting to know if it was a bill they were getting, if the notification was a bill. He was just worried about paying it and I said no you don’t pay it until we have a hearing, approve it and then you’ll get it with your taxes.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Is that the only call you’ve gotten on it?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “That is the only call I’ve had.”

 

 

The White County Drainage Board having heard and considered all the evidence and any objections submitted in these proceedings, the Chairman would now consider a motion finding that the current estimate of maintaining the Walter Chapman Drain is insufficient and the annual assessments for periodic maintenance of said drain should increase as proposed in these proceedings ($3.00 flat rate per acre and $5.00 per minimum or lot). Board Member Heimlich so moved. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. Vote taken. The White County Drainage Board by a vote of 3 in favor and 0 opposed now hereby adopts the schedule of assessments originally filed herein. The White County Drainage Board issues its written findings and order declaring the proposed maintenance modification schedule in these proceedings established, a copy of which will be mailed to all owners affected.

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Actually, I should probably let you know that there is ½ mile in Jasper County and we requested that they waive their rights. They did waive their rights.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Did that help you any up on your end?”

 

Mr. Redlin replied, “No, that was my question. Was the original intent to go just to the county road where it crosses State Road 16 and then immediately crosses that county road? Or was the intent to go to the terminal end?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “The intent for that maintenance project was just to go to the county line.”

 

Mr. Redlin questioned, “Just to the county line?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yes.”

 

Mr. Redlin stated, “Ok…and yeah, you did go to the county line.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “It has to be moving more water than it ever has for a long time.”

 

Mr. Redlin explained, “I would say that it is helping, but the neglect all the way up in Jasper County on our end…I think Richel has probably pumped that water for 25 years because it was just silted in there was no outlet for it.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett asked, “You’re talking about Jasper County?”

 

Mr. Redlin replied, “In Jasper County, yeah.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “The water level down through there has went down…way down after they did it.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “There’s some silt that came through the pipe. Their (outlets) were under water…about one every 60 feet and they were under water before.”

 

Mr. Redlin asked, “What’s the protocol on those tile outlets? The tile outlets themselves are not regulated?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “No.”

 

Mr. Redlin stated, “Just the drain. So, whose responsibility is it to prevent….my fear is…I’m in favor of investing in drainage, it’s a necessary part of life, but my fear is that if the tile outlets aren’t maintained a six or eight inch tile will carry a lot of silt into a creek in a very short period of time. So, who’s responsibility does that become then…now that those are uncovered if those start sucking dirt again? That is my fear is what I don’t want to have happen…we cleaned that first three quarters of a mile on a friendly cleanout with Steve Tiede last winter and I don’t want to have happen is have all of this silt end up on me again and my $2,500 is spent for naught.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett explained, “Well, if they are broke down at the ditch the drainage board repairs them even though they’re private just for that reason, to keep the silt out. If it’s back in a private field…”

 

Mr. Redlin stated, “We’re at the mercy of whatever occurs.”

 

The next item on the agenda was to discuss an invoice from Frank Gick on the A. Hileman Tile.

 

Surveyor Sterrett asked, “Frank sent us a bill. He is here. He did a repair, when did you do that?”

 

Mr. Gick replied, “Just right at corn planting time. I went back there and had water running diagonally across the farm and south of me Kerkoff’s had water backed up standing on the ground. What it amounts to is that somehow the old timers in the past, there was a wash starting through there, the tile was right under it and they piled boulders in it and eventually the weight of the boulders crushed the old tile down. So, we dug the boulders out with a backhoe and put in smooth core 12 inch and restored it and then we had to be careful and laid the rock back in because they have to be there to control the surface water. It really needs a structure. It was time to plant corn and I didn’t know at the time that it was a county tile. I talked to Norm Pilotte, who owns the ground, and approached him about the bill. He said it would have to go to the drainage board because it was a county tile. He said it goes clear down south into Tippecanoe County actually.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “We show it going down to the county line. I don’t think it’s regulated there.”

 

Mr. Gick stated, “But it was hampering me from planting corn and the quickest and easiest was just to fix it.”

 

Board Member Burton asked, “So the issue here is that it was an unauthorized repair?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah.”

 

“And you didn’t have an opportunity to look at it?” Board Member Burton asked.

 

“No, I think there’s crop in there now,” Surveyor Sterrett replied.

 

Mr. Gick replied, “No, it’s about a half mile back in. In the past I’ve worked with Jerry Cook some on drainage, down in Benton County I put in over a half mile of 24 and then dropped down to 16. So, I’ve been doing tile repairs for years. I put smooth core in because of the rocks and stuff.”

 

Board Member Burton asked, “So, this was on the property line and you moved the rock pile to repair it?”

 

Mr. Gick replied, “I had to…boulders.”

 

Board Member Burton asked, “So is everything in line other than authorization?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah. The backhoe and labor is reasonable.”

 

Mr. Gick stated, “I figured I was doing myself and my neighbors to the south a big favor repairing in…just getting it done so they could plant too.”

 

Board Member Burton explained, “Mr. Gick, I hope you realize what we may get into sometimes when someone goes off and does something…that is where we get bit a lot. It’s not to say a timing issue; it’s just awkward to work on the back side instead of the front side.”

 

Mr. Gick stated, “I know, but like I said at the time I didn’t even know it was a county tile. I was just trying to get it fixed so I could plant corn.”

 

Board Member Burton asked, “Are you ok with this, Denny? Did you just want to run this by us?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah, I didn’t want to pay for it without getting drainage board authority.”

 

Board Member Burton made a motion to approve payment for the bill submitted by Frank Gick on the A. Hileman Tile. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

 

The next item on the agenda was Ramsey Development (Monticello Health Campus) for submittal of drainage plans for approval.

 

Engineer Frauhiger explained, “There had been a pond here. What they have done is eliminate one pond and they oversized the one to the west and basically matched the area, the volume that they lost in this pond and matched it up there. The outlet points didn’t change. It changed in size, but the outlets points in the ditch didn’t change.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Well, this one is moved over here…on the other side of the property line.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger asked, “Why don’t you bring up the tile relocation drawing?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett explained, “There is a private tile going up here…this is the tile that is being vacated, so they connected on to it, ran it down here and then ran a 24 and where it turns into 30. And then the branch of the Davisson tile runs here and goes through Roach and into Tribbett…so they connected the branch…”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Do they already have these tiles in?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “No, they went out and I was told they dug up the existing tile to get grade on them. We got a grade plan.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “They were doing some digging on Gordon Road east of Sixth Street. There was a tile flagged and they were hand digging there.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “They are going to hook onto city sewer.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “Yeah, but this is existing…that is why I was wondered if that field went that way too with the tile. I knew that they had flagged a tile there.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “I don’t know. They also….this is the Jordan Tile coming out of his detention pond. They also planned an easement for a future pipe by others to tie into this.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Where is Jordan’s pond? Is it behind his building?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Where does Tribbett own behind there then?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “The top of the bank of the pond is his east property line.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “So, the tile they are putting in is supposed to do away with one retention pond and carry the water. Will that carry the water from that big of area?”

 

Engineer Frauhiger replied, “Yes, when Surveyor Sterrett came down to my office we laid out all the existing tiles and I actually did the calculations for the drainage capacity for each tile and passed it on to their engineer. Their engineer sized the pipe…I had actually sized the pipe and without telling them they came up with the same pipe size I came out with. So, that 24 inch and that 30 inch will carry it and they are putting smooth core in.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “This started out as a partial vacation proceeding and Denny sent out notices to that effect. It has turned into a Reconstruction project, but I’ve given you a copy of the statute…if it’s a reconstruction and involves relocation of the drain entirely within one’s person property and they are paying for it all and Denny doesn’t find any negative effect to any other landowners, you can approve the reconstruction without further notice or a hearing.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Is all the drainage going to be on their property? Is all the tile they are putting in on their property?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Well, it’s on the sellers…Kraybill.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “So, you can approve this reconstruction without a hearing.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Are you satisfied with it, Surveyor Sterrett?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “The location? Yeah, it looks like it should work. They show a 25 foot right of way on the drainage plan, but they…”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “Is it going to address what Dr. Tribbett came in and talked to us about?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Actually, Jordan’s tile has cut his access to the county tile. So, he drains into the pond, but he still has a legal right to get to the tile. There is still a 75 foot right of way through Jordan’s pond. I don’t know whether that’s…”

 

Board Member Burton asked, “Does the size of the pipe address Jordan’s pond?”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “That pipe drains Jordan’s pond also?”

 

Engineer Frauhiger replied, “It is sized so that it can. If you remember there was a small piece of pipe, by others, this pipe is sized so that if someone wanted to put this piece of pipe and connect it you’d have a regulated outlet all the way to Buss Ditch. Right now it goes through Jordan’s pipe that, as I understand, is not on an easement. So yes, it is sized to take it, but there is a section of pipe that would have to be installed to route this water over. Right now it goes through the pipe that Jordan put in.”

 

Attorney Loy asked, “Are we intending on maintaining it after it’s put in?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “I would say yeah.”

 

Attorney Loy continued, “Because that is the normal result…”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “We would maintain from here, unless you want to maintain from Jordan’s tile.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “That is what I would recommend.”

 

Attorney Loy asked, “So, this would be a reconstruction of the Simeon Davisson Tile?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah.”

 

Board Member Burton asked, “So, the regulated tile stops…our way, up there along the property line?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “This tile would stop…goes through Jordan’s pond and ends at the east line of Tribbett’s property.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “But he’s not using that right now, he’s dumping into the retention pond.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger, “Actually, it’s much better for him because he’s got about 2-3 feet of freeboard where his tile just dumps into the normal water surface of the pond. So, he’s never had any tail water from the pipe.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Yeah, he’s got two foot of drop now instead of going through the tile all the way to Buss Ditch.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “But, where I was going with this is…we’re still going to have control of the regulated area.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “We still have 75 foot right of way…150 feet right of way to his property line.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “It will have the 75 foot each way maintenance right of way.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “Well, not on this tile…this will be a 35 foot…30 foot easement. If you remember correctly their building was fairly close to the west property line.

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Because of construction. They wanted a 25 and I talked it over with Engineer Frauhiger and we decided a 40 would probably work better because we’d have more room. Then they came back with a proposal to put it 10 foot off of one line and 20 foot off the other and make it 30.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “Most of it is shallow. I think at the deepest point its 8 or 9 feet, but the majority of it is 4 to 5 feet. And they are putting in 12, which is smooth core, corrugated.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “Who is putting in that short section of tile over on the west side?”

 

Engineer Frauhiger replied, “No one right now, and that’s one thing we want to discuss. They would put everything in and basically come over to this manhole…and I assume stub it out, but they didn’t want to actually hook Jordan’s tile up. They didn’t feel that was their responsibility.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “But they sized the pipe to take the water.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “That is my only problem there is that would address Tribbett. Tribbett would dump in the pond and then dump in there and it would be regulated. Something couldn’t happen three years from now.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Except, from Gordon Road to the pond…wouldn’t be regulated.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “We can’t do anything about that. So, there is no perfect scenario.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “How many feet is that to hook that pipe up?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “144 (feet). Well, I don’t know whether Kraybill is worrying about this tile screwing up their development or not.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “See, I’m viewing it as the development needs to cover that cost because of what they are building, instead of Jordan. If they want this to happen, they need to hook that up.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger asked, “What is interesting, though, is that if they hook it up…do we block it here? And what do we do with that piece of tile?”

 

Board Member Heimlich asked, “That’s private though, right?”

 

Engineer Frauhiger replied, “That is private. That is Jordan’s tile going across there.”

 

“And they don’t have an easement for it,” Chairman Schmierer stated.

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “As far as we know.”

 

Attorney Loy asked, “And that is draining right now?”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “Yes, that outlet coming out of the pond, it was supposed to be on an easement but apparently there was never one secured. So, I find it hard to believe…crossing Kraybill and they didn’t require an easement.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “If somebody comes in and develops that, Jordan’s screwed.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger replied, “Correct. And I think that’s what the developer says is that if someone ever comes in and develops it, at that point that connection needs to be made.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “It would be nice if they could get that squared away right now.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “My concern is more for Tribbett down there. It is already kind of messed up. I hate to put him under Jordan’s thumb any worse than he is. That would be my motivation...”

 

Engineer Frauhiger asked, “What would be the possibility of taking the 15 inch tile from the pond all the way to the ditch and regulating it?”

 

Attorney Loy replied, “You could do it, but it would be helpful if we have Tribbett, Jordan, and these people involved in one place at one place to sort it out.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “Maybe we should have that meeting then. If this piece was built, the maybe we just regulate this piece back to the pond and then everything is regulated all the way up.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “So, we could work something out with Roach on regulating that short piece and having these people install that 144 feet…”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “So what’s your favor? Do you want to go back to them and tell they need to hook up that 140 feet or do you want to do with it? Do you want to have another meeting with the landowners and get them together?”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “Before the vacation happens that has to happen.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “Well, before we approve the drainage plan it probably has to happen because they are going to have to put in the tile and we need for that to be part of the drainage plan. I’m talking about that the portion, the 144 feet.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “Right, but they can’t do any development until that is vacated, so you could do that at the same time or you could approve the development. They are still in the same boat. They still have to have that vacated to build their buildings.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked, “What do you think Attorney Loy? Do we have another meeting to try and get this solved?”

 

Attorney Loy replied, “That would be my preference. It would be just an informal meeting. You could do it tomorrow if you could get everyone together.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett asked, “I think Jordan, Tribbett, and Roach should be there. What would be the proposal?”

 

Chairman Schmierer replied, “Regulating that and hooking up the 144 feet up.”

 

Attorney Loy asked, “That’s Jordan’s private drain and that would just get cut off?”

 

Engineer Frauhiger replied, “Right, and then this would be Jordan’s private drain that would become regulated.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “That would solve everything then.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “I would think that would solve Dr. Tribbett’s problem.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “And as far as Jordan is considered, we are doing him a favor.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “I think we need that hooked up and I think we need that included as part of the drainage plan.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “I guess Engineer Frauhiger has checked the drainage, the plan that they had with the pond and that was alright.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “This is now a Reconstruction, which again, can be accomplished without the formal meeting.”

 

The next item on the agenda is to discuss the Loretta Shepheard Tile.

 

Surveyor Sterrett explained, “This is the one that had 24 inch tile and it had about 26 inches of sand up by Monon on Byroad. We spent two 10 hour days and we got 1800 feet cleaned. We got within 100 feet of the ditch and couldn’t go any further with the jet. Ross Hardebeck was out there with his backhoe and he tried to dig up the tile…it was about 12 feet deep and it just kept collapsing on us. We got down to the tile, but couldn’t figure out what was going on because it was collapsing. So, the tile is clean and will take care of the ponds that are within the 1800 feet, but it’s not draining the 1,500 feet of ditch. What needs to be done is probably have 100 feet of new tile and the open ditch cleaned. We have already expended the funds.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “You’re going to have to do it on Reconstruction. I would say get a Petition for Reconstruction. How are they going to get that tile in the quicksand?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Hardeback said he couldn’t work on it, so we were going to get an estimate from Dwenger Excavating. He has a box and an excavator. So, we got within 100 feet of where we wanted to go, but couldn’t go any further.”

 

Board Member Burton asked, “What kind of tile is that?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “It’s a 24 inch clay tile.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “Go ahead and get the Petition for Reconstruction if they want to finish it up. I don’t see any other way around it.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett reported that the Drainage Board received a letter from INDOT that they are going to replace the structure under State Road 119 (Yount Drain). He also reported that he received notice from INDOT that they were going to replace another structure on US 24 on the Diener Ditch east of Reynolds.

 

The next item for discussion was the John Unroe Drain in Wolcott.

 

Engineer Frauhiger explained, “We received a phone call from the design engineer for INDOT last Tuesday and they required our plans to be done by last Friday so they can insert it in their set. There was a problem…their survey information that they received from INDOT got on a different datum then everything else was and their survey for the entire project was 10 foot lower than what our datum was. Our datum was correct; if you tie ours into USGS we were spot on. Denny went out Wednesday and tied into one of their benchmarks and re-shot our plan sheet so that we could do a redesign on Thursday and get the elevations changed so it would all match up with their plan sheet. The other thing was that that our plan sheet wasn’t on the same coordinate system as their US 24 project so we went to an existing structure and set up a coordinate system and we got all of our structures set on that coordinate system. So, it doesn’t exactly match theirs, but the contactor can recreate it.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger continued, “We made a couple of changes, if you remember in the original plan we actually came out in this parking lot and then went back up and tied into the sewer. The one reason we did that is there was a sanitary sewer manhole, but the last time we repaired a hole there the sanitary sewer relocated to the north so we were able to stay on the same alignment. This structure (Burke Street) will be replaced or left in place at our discretion once it’s exposed. We’re not even sure if we can get a new pipe into it without collapsing the bricks. Right now we assume worst case scenario and included it in the estimate assuming it would be replaced. We might be able to save $2,500 if we get into it and not have to replace it. This was completed and delivered to their consultant by 11:00 A.M. on Friday, so we made it by the deadline.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “We had to move it to get it off the tile in order to repair it.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “This is using INDOT’s estimator program. The total cost of replacement is $76,254.50, but that includes one of the structures that INDOT is paying for because it wasn’t on the other set of plans yet and they asked us to go ahead and put it in with this. It also includes the pipe underneath US 24 which will eventually be backed out. So, the cost to the watershed should be right around $69,000-$70,000 somewhere around that range.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “Well, it’ll definitely have to be a reconstruction project.”

 

“We’ve got $44,000 in maintenance, “Engineer Frauhiger stated.

 

“More than I thought we had,” Chairman Schmierer stated.

Engineer Frauhiger replied, “We have $34,000 and a $10,000 draw so we should have $44,000 by the end of the year.”

 

“When are they going to do all of this?” Chairman Schmierer asked.

 

This goes to bid in October, so it’ll be after the first of the year and they’ll start the drainage portion.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “We’re still probably going to have to do something to get money in the fund.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “It brings in $10,000 a year.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “Well, you’ve got $34,000 and $10,000 coming so you’re still two years short. And you spend money on it just about every year too.”

 

Board Member Heimlich asked, “What is the maintenance set at?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “$3.00 per acre and $10.00 per lot.”

 

Attorney Loy asked, ‘Has it even been increased?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “It has, but not by the 25% without a hearing.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “So it would bring in another $2,500.00.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “It’s going to be pretty…to get a hearing together before the construction.”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “We’re going to have to start on this, but then work to make up how it can be paid for. We can’t wait, not when the state…”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “Right, I know that but we’re going to have to do something with it because I really don’t think we want to put it $32,000 in debt.”

 

Board Member Heimlich stated, “Well, it would get you close in two years if you didn’t have any other.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “We work on that about every year some place.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett explained, “Well, since I’ve been here I’ve never worked west of town on it and I’ve only had two repairs east of town.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “I thought we had two repairs right in town.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett replied, “We did, and two of the repairs are where we’re going to fix it.”

 

Board Member Heimlich stated, “Well, if we raise it the 25 percent….two years, if the estimate was right that would just about do it, if we didn’t have any other…”

 

Board Member Burton stated, “So, if we have to go to Plan B. I suppose if we get in trouble then we could always revert back…”

 

Board Member Heimlich stated, “Then we could go for another maintenance modification.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “We just need to be sure of how we’re going to pay for it.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett asked, “Can we go ahead and do it?”

 

Board Member Heimlich stated, “I would say we got to go ahead…what is the procedure for the 25 percent? Does notice have to be given? I know we don’t have to have a hearing.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “They want something done.”

 

Engineer Frauhiger stated, “The town is going to be extremely supportive.”

 

Attorney Loy stated, “Yeah, you can approve that today if you want to so long as it hasn’t been increased once already.”

 

Chairman Schmierer stated, “I don’t think it has, we’ve never done that.”

 

Board Member Heimlich stated, “Well, if we’re going ahead with the project we might as well do it today.”

 

Board Member Burton made a motion to increase the maintenance assessments for the John Unroe Drain 25 percent straight across the board. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

 

See recording for additional conversation regarding set up plans for construction.

 

Chairman Schmierer asked if there was anything further for the drainage board.

 

Mr. Redlin asked, “Do we have any updates on Slough Creek, the Owen Denton ditch?”

 

Surveyor Sterrett sated, “Tomorrow they are going to open bids.”

 

Mr. Redlin asked, “The McKillip ditch? Is that the one that goes through Monon on the south end of town?

 

Chairman Schmierer replied, “That’s the McKillip.”

 

Mr. Redlin stated, “We’ve got a branch out there, I think the McKillip main portion must have been cleaned at one time and there is a branch that cuts through a farm of ours and goes down to I think Lloyd Kyburz.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Oh, McKillip Branch #1.”

 

Mr. Redlin continued, “The stretch in between there never got cleaned and this year…we replaced an 18 inch tile last spring and we cleaned what we could clean, but we’re just not getting rid of the water there. We haven’t been extremely wet this year; we were early, but…the outlet is just about having to push water up and over the top of the silt. It’s probably only 3/8 to half of mile.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett asked, “Does it have brush on it?”

 

Mr. Redlin replied, “No, other than the one or two trees and its CRP on both sides. So, it’s accessible year round. It’s completely accessible on our side.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Well, I’ll put that on my list of things to do.”

 

Chairman Schmierer asked if there was anything further for the drainage board. Chairman Schmierer then adjourned the meeting.