Zionsville Times Sentinel

June 19, 2013

County OKs funds to repair damaged ditch

By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel

Lebanon — After what their lawyer called “a contentious call” with CSX Transportation officials, the Boone County Drainage Board agreed — reluctantly — to spend $19,700 on engineering studies before repairing a drainage ditch near a railroad crossing.

A historic flood in mid-April washed out a section of Cemetery Ditch near the CSX crossing over Ind. 39. The railroad dumped tons of stone to shore up the bank, but without review by or approval from the drainage board.

The plug created is interfering with drainage on about 900 acres of farmland, County Surveyor Ken Hedge said.

CSX officials agreed to waive $8,000 in fees it normally requires when work is done in and along its property, county attorney Bob Clutter said.

After the call with CSX representatives and attorney, Clutter, Hedge and assistant Carol Cunningham worked out a plan to eliminate the obstruction and repair the ditch.

“I don’t like it,” Hedge said. “I don’t feel like we’ve got any choice.”

The drainage board will hire Banning Engineering, which has experience with the county and with CSX, Clutter said.

See Wednesday' Times Sentinel for the full story.