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June 17, 2002 Tape #012

The White County Drainage Board convened at 10:45 A. M. in the Commissioners’ Room of the White County Building, Monticello, Indiana with Board Members Ronald A. Schmierer, O. D. “Bud” Ferguson and John C. Heimlich, Attorney George W. Loy, Surveyor Dennis W. Sterrett, Engineer Todd Frauhiger and Secretary Romana Kiser in attendance.


Also attending were David Finley of Samuel L. Moore & Associates, Charles Mellon, White County Highway Superintendent Steve Brooke and Michael Simmons of Tillett Engineering.


Chairman Schmierer recognized David Finley of Samuel L. Moore & Associates who addressed the Board concerning the drainage plans for Gutwein Morning Song Bird Seed’s expansion south of Reynolds. Mr. Finley stated that Gutwein Morning Song has submitted a long term master plan for the site, but that he is not recommending approval on the plan for immediate change, and addition to the existing building. The pond that they are proposing at this time, for this addition to the building is acceptable.


The plan drawing was viewed by the Board at this time. David Finley explained that they are going to tie all of the downspouts into what was the previous legal drain. That legal drain has been rerouted around the perimeter of the property. They are going to put the building over the drain. If they have a problem with it, it is their problem. He explained the drainage plan to the Board. (see tape) The old tile will serve as a surge pit.


Board Member Heimlich made a motion to approve drainage plans for the construction of the addition at Gutwein Morning Song plant at Reynolds. Board Member Ferguson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


Chairman Schmierer discussed paying for a shared project. He explained that former White County Surveyor, Rick Raderstorf, had entered into an agreement with Tom Wagner of Soil and Water Conservation, Farm Service Agency, and landowner Nancy Gross Zell to replace a headwall on the George Houston Drain in Jackson out of the George Houston Drain maintenance fund. Board Member Ferguson made a motion to pay the $422.06 to reimburse the landowner, Nancy Gross Zell, for the County’s 10 percent share of the waterway and headwall project on the George Houston Drain. Board Member Heimlich seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


Board Member Heimlich made a motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting. Board Member Ferguson seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


Surveyor Sterrett reported that How Excavating has finished the Mason Eastburn Drain dredging project and is ready for final payment of $740.00. Surveyor Sterrett stated that he walked the project and there is one waterway that has a wash (nothing that Howe did) and will need some rip-rap, but it will have to wait until crops are out in the fall. The board agreed that Howe should be paid final payment on the project.


Surveyor Sterrett reported that he and his help have been surveying on the Opal Carmichael in preparation for a maintenance project. He said there is too much brush now where they are now so they will move over to the Hollingsworth Ditch and start on it, because there’s no brush on it. Chairman Schmierer stated that we can probably go ahead and get the Hollingsworth project let.


Charlie Mellon stated he needs a pipe for a repair n the Helfrick Ditch where an 18 inch tile comes into the ditch. It was decided he will get the pipe from the White County Highway Department and they will bill the Surveyor’s office out of the ditch fund. Attorney Loy presented the contract for spraying crops to be signed by the Board and also the Dye Lumber Encroachment agreement to be signed.


Chairman Schmierer asked if we had heard anything back form the spray contractor. The contract was awarded to the low bidder, Shideler Spray Service. Surveyor Sterrett stated he was to call him when the contract was ready to be signed. He had indicated he would not be ready to start spraying until around June 24, 2002.


Secretary Kiser stated that Samuel L. Moore & Associates would be ready to have the Carter-Hines Drain landowners meeting on July 15, 2002.


Chairman Schmierer adjourned the meeting.