§ IC 36-9-27-22. Construction, reconstruction, or maintenance of municipal drains flowing into regulated drains; procedure
Sec. 22. (a) A municipality acting under a statute other than this chapter may not construct, reconstruct, or maintain a drain that:
(1) is located partly or wholly within the corporate boundaries of the municipality; and
(2) will flow directly or indirectly into a regulated drain that is subject to this chapter; without the written approval of the board.
Terms Used in Indiana Code 36-9-27-22
Affected land: means land within a watershed that is affected by the construction, reconstruction, or maintenance of a regulated drain. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
Board: refers to the drainage board of a county. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
Maintenance: means work on a drain as described in section 34(c) of this chapter for any of the purposes stated in that section. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
Owner: refers to the owner of any interest in land. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
Reconstruction: means work on a drain as described in section 34(b) of this chapter to correct any of the problems with the drain that are enumerated in that section up to and including the discharge portion of the drain. See Indiana Code 36-9-27-2
statute: A law passed by a legislature.
(b) The municipality shall file with the board a written request for consent to use the regulated drain as an outlet, subject to this chapter. The request must be accompanied by:
(1) the plans and specifications for the proposed construction, and reconstruction, or maintenance; and
(2) an estimate by the municipal civil engineer, or another qualified person, of the amount of water that will be discharged into the regulated drain as a result of the proposed construction, reconstruction, or maintenance.
(c) The board shall refer the request for consent to the county surveyor, who shall determine whether the regulated drain is adequate to handle the additional flow of water, if any, that would result from the construction, reconstruction, or maintenance proposed by the municipality. If the surveyor finds that the regulated drain is adequate to handle the additional flow of water, the surveyor shall make a written report of that fact to the board, which shall issue its order consenting to the construction, reconstruction, or maintenance by the municipality. If the surveyor finds that the regulated drain is not adequate, the surveyor shall:
(1) prepare a preliminary plan for the reconstruction of the regulated drain so that it will be adequate to handle the additional flow of water;
(2) estimate the total cost of the reconstruction;
(3) file the plan and estimate with the board; and
(4) serve a copy of the plan and estimate on the municipality.
(d) If the municipality binds itself by resolution to pay the cost of the reconstruction of the regulated drain, the county surveyor shall prepare final plans and specifications for the work, reestimate the cost of the work except for damages to affected land, and file the plans and estimate with the board. The board shall determine the amount of damages sustained by any owner as a result of the reconstruction of the regulated drain and shall serve upon each owner a notice:
(1) describing the owner’s lands;
(2) stating the amount of each owner’s damages;
(3) explaining the injury upon which the determination was based; and
(4) stating the date, time, and place of a hearing by the board on objections to the amount of damages. The notice shall be served and the hearing held in accordance with sections 49 through 52 of this chapter.
(e) The board shall add the damages to affected land to the county surveyor’s reestimation of the costs of the reconstruction and shall certify that amount to the municipality. When the municipality pays the amount certified by the board into the office of the county treasurer for the use of the board in the reconstruction of the regulated drain, the board shall issue an order consenting to the use of the regulated drain by the municipality and shall proceed with the reconstruction of the regulated drain in accordance with the plans and specifications of the surveyor.
(f) After the contracts for the reconstruction are let in accordance with sections 77 through 79.1 of this chapter, the board shall compute the actual cost of the reconstruction. If the actual cost is less than the estimated cost, the excess shall be returned to the municipality on certification by the board to the county auditor of the amount to be returned. If the actual cost of the reconstruction is more than the estimated cost, the board shall certify that fact to the municipality, which shall immediately pay the difference into the office of the country treasurer.
(g) When the board consents to a request made by a municipality under subsection (b), the board shall fix the annual assessment against the municipality for the periodic maintenance of the regulated drain in accordance with sections 38 through 43 of this chapter.
(h) This section does not prohibit a municipality from petitioning the board for the construction of a new regulated drain under sections 54 through 65 of this chapter.
As added by Acts 1981, P.L.309, SEC.101. Amended by P.L.42-2011, SEC.86.