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January 3, 2012 (Tuesday)

 

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: Chairman Steve Burton, Drainage Board Member John Heimlich and Drainage Board Member David Diener. Also present were Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Bradley Ward and Drainage Assistant Mary Sterrett.

 

Also in attendance were:

 

Eric O. Ledyard

 

The January 3, 2012 (Tuesday) White County Drainage Board was called to order by Chairman Steve Burton.

 

The first item on the agenda was to approve the minutes from the December 19, 2011 White County Drainage Board Meeting. Board Member John Heimlich so moved. Board Member David Diener seconded the motion. Motion carried.

 

Next on the agenda-Reorganization of the White County Drainage Board for the Year 2012

 

Board Member David Diener made a motion to keep the same officers and staff from 2011. Officers and staff as follows:

 

Steve Burton-President-Chairman

John Heimlich-Vice President

David Diener-Board Member

George W. Loy-Attorney

Bradley E. Ward-Surveyor

Mary E. Sterrett-Drainage Assistant-Secretary

 

Board Member John Heimlich seconded the motion. Motion carried.

 

Next on the agenda-Approve Petition for Maintenance on the Floyd A. Brown Main Drain #681

 

Surveyor Ward presented the White County Drainage Board a Petition for Maintenance for the Floyd A Brown Main Drain #681.

  1. Petition carried by Harvey Gutwein.

  2. Location of drain-the Main ditch is all in White County. The open drain stops at the County Line but the water shed is in Jasper and Pulaski Counties. Shared drain with those Counties.

  3. Possible Joint Board need to contract Jasper and Pulaski Counties regarding their rights.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the Petition for Maintenance on the Floyd A. Brown Drain #681. Board Member Diener seconded the motion. Motion carried. Petition approved.

 

Next on the agenda-Approve Petition for Maintenance on the Herman Schroeder Drain #578

 

Surveyor Ward presented to the White County Drainage Board a Petition for Maintenance for the Herman Schroeder Drain #578.

  1. Petition carried by Robert Zarse

  2. Location of drain-South of Smithson Road-Big Creek Township.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to accept the Petition for Maintenance on the Herman Schroeder Drain #578. Board Member Diener seconded the motion. Motion carried. Petition approved.

 

Next on the agenda-Discuss Landowner on the F. M. Winkley Drain #610 Asking to Raise the Assessment Rates

 

Surveyor Ward stated that a landowner on the F. M. Winkley Drain has asked if the maintenance on that drain could be raised so that when the ditch needed to be cleaned there would be money in the fund to help pay for future work.

1. Eric Ledyard present at this meeting was the landowner that has requested the maintenance be raised so future work would or could be covered by the Maintenance Fund.

2. Location of drain-Monon Township. The Town of Monon utilizes this drain. The Town of Monon is assessed on eighty-eight (88) acres. Monon also has lots owners that pay their own assessments.

3. This drain goes through the Monon Park and baseball field.

4. Present assessment rate is forty cent (.40) per acre and five dollars ($5.00) minimum.

5. Some of the landowners just did a friendly clean out on part of the open ditch.

6. Drain is approximately two (2) miles long.

7. There are sixty-one minimum parcels and lots.

8. Assessments bring in about six hundred and forty dollars ($640.00) per year.

9. Approximately two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) in the Maintenance Fund at this time.

10. Surveyor suggested raising the assessments to one dollar ($1.00) per acre and five dollar ($5.00) minimum.

11. Chairman Burton asked how many landowners in the watershed. Surveyor Ward replied approximately eighty-five (85) parcels.

12. The White County Drainage Board’s decision: Set the rates for a Maintenance Modification on the F. M. Winkley Drain.

13. Hearing will be held.

Board Member Heimlich made a motion to set the rates for the F. M. Winkley Drain #610 at one dollar ($1.00) per acre and five dollar ($5.00.) minimum. Board Member Diener seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Next on the agenda-Issues with the Robert McWilliams Drian #569

 

Surveyor Ward presented concerns of a new landowner assessed by this drain and asked the White County Drainage Board how to approach the issues on the drain.

  1. Location of the Robert McWilliams Drain #569-Lincoln and Jackson Townships. East of

Idaville.

  1. Tile is located in a swamp or low area.

  2. County Tile supposedly runs through the middle of a pond. Air well in the middle of the pond per the new landowner. (Wayne Schroeder)

  3. Landowner would like the old tile replaced.

  4. Landowner was told it would need petitioned for Maintenance or Reconstruction.

  5. Surveyor questioned if the petition would be a Reconstruction petition or would it be a petition for Maintenance.

  6. Attorney Loy said it depends on what you want to do. If you are changing the size of the tile or the course.

  7. Chairman Burton suggested to research the old minutes and files to see what was previously found on this tile.

  8. Research to see if this could possibly be considered a wet land.

  9. Surveyor to do more research on the Robert McWilliams Drain #569 then return to the White County Drainage Board for more discussion on this issue.

 

With nothing further from any one present. Chairman Burton adjourned the January 3, 2012 White County Drainage Board Meeting.

 

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