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September 21, 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 Charlie Mellon and Sharon Watson.

The first item on the agenda was to approve the minutes from the September 8, 2009 meeting. Board Member Heimlich so moved. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

The next item on the agenda was a letter received from an adjacent landowner for the Meadow Lake Wind Farm Substation II.


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Did we get the letter for the Meadow Lake Wind Farm?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yes, do you want to see it?”


Chairman Schmierer replied, “No, it’s for out there by Wayfara…”


Surveyor Sterrett explained, “We got one from Larry Yerk, who is power of attorney for Donald Yerk…and Lyle Yerk.”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “Fine.”


The next item on the agenda was maintenance on the Elam Yount Drain.


Surveyor Sterrett explained, “This is up north of Headlee. We did a little work on it on Mr. Hunt. Joe Fox has a farm at the county line and he’s got some tile that’s under water. So, last spring we went up and measured…took some elevations and I think we can dip some of the slide…it slid in a little bit…about 1,000 feet south of the county line and somewhere around 500 feet north of the county line. If we get 1,500 feet we can get his tile out of the water.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “What do we have money-wise?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “It’s on with Pulaski County. The fund has $6,371.00 in it.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “What do you think it will take to get that out of there?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “I would say $1,500.00, I don’t know.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Do we need to notify Pulaski County?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “I called Joyce. She gave me the name of the owner on the north side so I have to contact them this fall.”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “It flows north into Pulaski County.”


Surveyor Sterrett questioned, “I thought if it was only going to be $1,500 that I could just make out a work order for somebody, if that’s alright?”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “I don’t have a problem with that. Do you guys?”


Board Members Burton and Heimlich replied, “No.”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “Sounds good to me. That takes care of that.”


The next item on the agenda is the Petition of the Loretta Shephard Tile and Open.


Surveyor Sterrett explained, “This is the one up by the Hoagland on Ron Byroad where we jetted that tile. The fund is out of money now and there’s going to be reconstruction. He has seven signatures.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “Is that the bulk of the landowners?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yeah, pretty much so. Jim Haller, Jerry Altman for the Willow Tree Farm, Ron Byroad, Allan Marconette…”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “I need a motion to accept the petition for the Loretta Shephard Tile and Open.”


Board Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the petition on the Loretta Shephard Tile and Open. Board Member Burton seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.


The next item Surveyor Sterrett wanted to discuss was the Eastburn tile.


Surveyor Sterrett explained, “Last week I was called out to the Wind Farm on the Eastburn tile which is west of 125 West. It is Brown’s ground. Anyway, the access road is over the tile and it broke down south of the access road…it flows south, so they fixed it there and there wasn’t hardly any water in it. The access road didn’t cause it to break down; I think it just blew up. Now, north of the access road the tile is blocked. So, Tony Cain dug it up and said it wasn’t any good. Of course there was water on top of it, so Brown’s met me out there with Tony and the wind farm people. The access road goes all the way from 125 West….but they are going to take that part out west of 125 West. I think there’s only going to be one or two towers that you can access from 125 W, the rest you have to access from 225 W. So, they said in the next week or two that they would be ready to take that road out. When they take the road out then we’re going to investigate the tile underneath the road. It might be crushed there, I don’t know. It’s alright on the south side of the road…so there’s water running over the ground. There’s a 12 inch lateral that they are running that water into. That is right on the edge of the road and it must connect to the main tile or on the other side of it. It’s got a big waterway; there are concrete headwalls in the waterway.”


Board Member Burton asked, “And that flows south?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yes, it flows south. It is on with the Isaac Gowen. The Gowen pays the maintenance on the Eastburn. Of course, right away they wanted to replace 500 feet of tile because they didn’t think it was in very good shape, and it may not be, but I suggested we get the water off of it first and take a look at it. They went ahead and put an air well on it south of the road. They had to repair the tile underneath the headwall, so they had to go through the headwall to repair the tile.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “That’s been worked on several times in the past several years. When Rick was here we did a lot of work on it I think.”


Surveyor Sterrett stated, “They say…..Mr. Carter told Brown that he thought they had replaced some of that tile south of that access road. We looked and couldn’t find any reconstruction or anything in our file.”


Chairman Schmierer stated, “I thought they had….not too long ago.”


Surveyor Sterrett asked, “Is that a reconstruction when you do 500 feet?”


Chairman Schmierer replied, “I would say so.”


Attorney Loy replied, “It can be. That wasn’t the fault of the access road, was it?”


Surveyor Sterrett stated, “The obstruction probably is, but the poor condition of the tile is not. They think it quartered. I couldn’t see anything when I was over there except for a bunch of water in the hole and there’s not even any water running anywhere right now.”


Board Member Burton stated, “The wind farm will fix any road damage, but the tile is so bad around it…”


Attorney Loy stated, “If the construction of the road crushed the tile, then they’ll fix that.”


Surveyor Sterrett stated, “I forget who was there, an inspector, he said they would take care of that part under the road if that was what happened. If the road crushed that they would fix it, which they have been doing all along.”


Surveyor Sterrett then asked, “So, if we did reconstruction would the people on the Isaac Gowen be in that or not?”


Chairman Schmierer explained, “If that is where they collect the…I would say the people in the watershed it affects, but not the Gowen. If it doesn’t affect the Gowen then they shouldn’t be charged for it…just the watershed.”

Attorney Loy asked, “Ball park figure on that? Any idea?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “No, I don’t. 500 feet of 15 inch, probably $10,000.00 it depends…whether it’s going to be 500 feet or not. The reason why they did 500 feet north of the road was because that is where it was blowing up out of the ground and they just kept going south and they got down to the road. So, it may be in poor shape north of there.”


The next item Surveyor Sterrett wanted to discuss the Hook drain.


Surveyor Sterrett stated, “Mr. Clyde Patty….the Hook drain goes through him up in Cass Township and I told him I’d come up there and look at it. There is only $1,600.00 in the fund and last time we went through where David Reiff farmed….Pauline Hook. We cleaned that and I think that was 1,500 feet and I think that was $1,500.00, but he thinks there’s water standing in the culvert down there and he thinks his part isn’t draining. He’s got a good ¾ of a mile through him. It brings in $713 a year/$1.50 per acre.”


Surveyor Sterrett explained that they were ready to raise the maintenance 25 percent on the John Unroe Drain. It was bringing in $9,894.12 a year and now it will bring in $12,367.65 per year. Drainage Assistant Mary Sterrett presented the Certificate of Assessments for the board to sign.

Surveyor Sterrett explained, “The (John Unroe) tile that they are going to put it on Scott Street (Wolcott)…I guess the state wants an environmental study. I know nothing about an environmental study…I guess we got Engineer Frauhiger working on it. They also emailed a contract between the state and the county. George (Loy) is going to review that. It is a 15 page document.”


Board Member Burton asked, “They wouldn’t have done an environmental study?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “Yes, but we added our project to that and they want us to do one. I guess it’s a notice, not a study.”


Board Member Burton stated, “It’s not going to delay the project.”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “No. The state has their part done.”


Chairman Schmierer asked, “How’d you come out with your spraying?”


Surveyor Sterrett replied, “I talked to Dan Alexander, who did it for Townsend, and he is supposed to be up in the next week and we’re going to go look at one sprayed that I didn’t think was good enough. It was honeysuckle and it’s hard to kill.”


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