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April 1, 2002 Tape #007

The White County Drainage Board convened at 10:30 A. M. in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building, Monticello, Indiana with Board Members O. D. “Bud” Ferguson and John C. Heimlich, Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett, and Secretary Romana Kiser and landowner Charles Mellon in attendance.

Chairman Schmierer opened the meeting with the awarding of the bid on the reconstruction of the J. L. Ackerman Branch 6, Br. 2 of 6, Br. 3 of 6, Br. 4 of 6, Br. 5 of 6 and Br. 2 of 5 of 6 Drain in Cass County, Indiana. He stated that the low bid was from County Line Tiling for $24,500.00

 

Board Member Ferguson made a motion to approve the letting of the bid on said project to County Line Tiling & Excavating (Mike Ezra owner) for the amount of $24,500.00 (Twenty Four Thousand and Five Hundred Dollars). Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Surveyor Sterrett asked the Board to consider the possibility of putting the Milton Martin Drain in Monon Township on maintenance as part of the Fern McKillip drainage system. After discussion it was decided to set up a Hearing to put the drain on separate maintenance. Surveyor Sterrett reported that Darrell Erb has the petition for the reconstruction of the ditch and establishing maintenance on the ditch. He has not returned the petition at this time to the Surveyor’s Office. Mr. Erb is circulating the petition and most of the landowners are out-of-state residents. Surveyor Sterrett reported that there are 10 landowners in the watershed, counting the Highway and Railroad. There are 808 benefited acres in the watershed.

 

The Board discussed setting the maintenance rate on the Milton Martin Drain in Monon Township. Chairman Schmierer asked Board Member Heimlich and Surveyor Sterrett how much they thought would have to be spent on the drain. Board Member Heimlich explained, “What he (Darrell Erb) was talking about, where it has ate away the banks, there were couple of places, it wasn’t coming from upstream on the ditch. It was water coming in from the side. I can’t see where the water upstream in the ditch is really affecting it that much because it has that gate on that pipe under the railroad. It’s limited as to how much water can come through there. The one place where it probably need dipped is that one area where he’s got that farm crossing there. If is definitely silted in on both sides of that. But I don’t know if you would want to go down through that whole thing. It looks like it was a natural creek. (Surveyor Sterrett stated it has a lot of bends in it.) It ends at the McKillip Ditch about a half mile east of County Road 100.”

 

Surveyor Sterrett stated the probably half of the ditch has been cleaned. Board Member Heimlich said that everything from the railroad to the highway has been dipped. Surveyor Sterrett said there is probably a little over a half mile left that has not been dipped. Board Member Heimlich said it wouldn’t be that costly to finish it, he didn’t remember any brush on it except right at the railroad. Chairman Schmierer said it usually averages about $1.00 per foot for dipping. Surveyor Sterrett said it might cost $3,000.00. Chairman Schmierer said, “My question is, if he wants to do it under maintenance and there are 800 acres, we’re going to have to put it on about $3.00 an acre to start with to get some money in there to pay it. We’re going to put it in debt to start with.” Secretary Kiser said we have tried not to put the ditches in debt for more than what can be paid off in three years.

 

Charlie Mellon asked if that farm crossing is holding up the water. Board Member Heimlich said, “Where that pipe is, it just looks like, I imagine when they cleaned that other ditch there was silt that came down there and where that pipe was it slowed it up enough that it settled out there on both sides.” Charlie Mellon said there is probably some in the pipe. He said maybe cleaning that pipe and lowering that crossing might help.

 

Chairman Schmierer stated that Darrell Erb is taking the petition for Reconstruction and Maintenance around.

 

Chairman Schmierer stated he felt we should go ahead and set the maintenance at $3.00 an acre and then proceed with setting up the Maintenance Hearing when we get the petition from Darrell Erb.

 

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to set the Maintenance Rate on the Milton Martin Drain in Monon Township at $3.00 an acre. Board Member Ferguson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Board Member Heimlich made motion to approve the minutes of the March 18, 3003 meeting. Board Member Ferguson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board signed the agreement for the Farmer’s Evaluation Limited Consent to Encroach on the John Unroe County Drain in Wolcott, Indiana, which was prepared and presented by Attorney George W. Loy.

 

Surveyor Sterrett reported he received a letter of Denial from DNR, addressed to the Drainage Board, for a Bridge over Honey Creek. The applicant was Indiana Beach. It was denied for failure to provide a complete application and information necessary to adequately review the project as requested. Chairman Schmierer said he assumed Engineer Don Ward would have to resubmit. He said it has nothing to do with the Drainage Board. He said they want to expand their campground.

 

Chairman Schmierer adjourned the Drainage Board meeting.