Wells County

Surveyor

WELLS COUNTY surveyor
102 W Market St
Suite 102
Bluffton, IN 46714
Mon-Fri: 8AM-4:30PM
(260) 824-6414
(260) 827-0809
surveyor@wellscounty.org
wells co surveyor
Jarrod M. Hahn, CFMCounty Surveyor (5th Term)
  • 2010 County Surveyor President’s Award
  • 2011 Outstanding Surveyor of the Year
  • 2019-2020 President of Indiana County Surveyors Association
  • 2022 Legislative Committee Member for Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors and the Association of Indiana Counties.
Diana CollinsDeputy Surveyor
Wells County Drainage Board

The Wells County Drainage Board was formed on January 3,1966 under Indiana Code 36-9-27 and it’s subsections are the guidelines that the Board follows to carry out it’s duties.

The Drainage Board manages the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of all regulated drains or proposed regulated drains in the county as required by State Law. The Board and Surveyor have jurisdiction over regulated drains. Regulated drains are drains that have been established by either the Commissioners Court or Circuit Court of each county prior to 1965 or the Drainage Board since 1966. These drains are open ditches or tile drains or a combination of both.

Current Agenda
Board Members
Blake Gerber, Chairman
260-824-1964   e-mail:  zero@adamswells.com

Michael K. Vanover, Vice-Chairman

260-307-1142  email:  mvanover@cleanfuelsnational.com

Jeff Stringer, Member
270-577-1338  email:  stringjd@hotmail.com

Jarrod M. Hahn, Surveyor
260-341-2960  emailsurveyor@wellscounty.org

Drainage Board Appointed Positions:
Nate Rumschlag,
County Engineer
Colin Andrews, County Attorney
Diana CollinsDrainage Board Secretary

THE BOARD MEETS ON THE 1ST AND 3RD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH  AT 4:30 P.M. (EXCEPT AS NOTED) IN THE COMMISSIONER’S ROOM, 223 W WASHINGTON ST, IN THE ANNEX BUILDING, MULTIPURPOSE ROOM 105 , BLUFFTON, INDIANA 46714.

The meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Meeting Dates and Times

To be on the Wells County Drainage Board’s Agenda, the request should be submitted to the Surveyor’s Office no later than three working days before the scheduled meeting.

Meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month  at 4:30 P.M. (except as noted) in the Commissioner’s Room, Wells Carnegie Government Annex 223 West Washington St., Multi Purpose Room 105 (lower level) Bluffton, IN 46714

Update-2022 Drainage Bd Time Change 430pm

NOTE: “MEETINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE”
To verify:  You may call the Surveyor’s Office 260-824-6414 or call one of the Drainage Board Members

Projects and Hearings

Please Call the Surveyor’s Office at 260-824-6414

Meeting Minutes

Official Minutes of all Drainage Board meetings are kept in our office and are available to copy at any time during Monday thru Friday 8:00-4:30 Phone: 260-824-6414

Petitions and Easement

To obtain any Petition or Easement, you need to speak with the Wells County Surveyor (260) 824-6414

We accept cash or check, no credit or debit cards, sorry for the inconvenience.

Drainage Code: 36-9-27-54
Cause:
Gives landowners the ability to petition to Create New Drains by 10% of the affected landowners in the drainage watershed.
Ordinance Fee: NO
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: YES

Drainage Code: 36-9-27-52
Cause:
Gives all landowners the ability to petition to Reconstruct Drains by 10% of the affected landowners in the drainage watershed.
Ordinance Fee: NO
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: YES

Drainage Code: 36-9-37-18
Cause:
Gives all affected landowners the ability to petition for a Mutual Drain be a Regulated Drain.
Ordinance Fee: NO
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: YES

Drainage Code: 36-9-27-19
Cause:
Gives one affected landowner the ability to petition for a Mutual Drain be a Regulated Drain.
Ordinance Fee: NO
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: YES

Drainage Code: 36-9-27-37
Cause:
Gives landowners the ability to petition for a Regulated Drain be Vacated by all landowners involved.
Ordinance Fee: NO
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: YES

Drainage Code: 36-9-27.4
Cause:
Gives landowners the ability to petition for a “Remove Obstruction in a Mutual Drain or in Natural Surface Water Course”.
Ordinance Fee: $750
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: YES

Drainage Code: 36-9-28.7
Cause:
Gives landowners the ability to file a request asking the unit of government to investigate the storm water nuisance.
Ordinance Fee: $50
Petition: NO
Easement Board Approval: NO

Drainage Code: 36-9-27-33
Cause:
Provides landowners permission to place a permanent structure in the 75 foot drainage easement.
Ordinance Fee: $150
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: YES

Drainage Code: IC 7.1-3-4-3
Cause:
The Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission requires a state form to be signed by the Surveyor to verify the Business Location for ABC permits.
Ordinance Fee: $100
Petition: YES
Easement Board Approval: NO

Drainage Law Indiana Code 36-9-27

Drainage Board/Surveyor Ordinance Fee-2013

Typical Petition Process

  1. Landowner needs to speak to the County Surveyor before any petitions are filed. (not all projects require a petition)
  2. Petition is given to get signatures, The Wells County Drainage Board recommends at least 50% of signatures on the Petition
  3. Drainage Board will set up a time and place for a hearing
  4. After Petition is filed with the County Surveyor, Surveyor will investigate and file a written report with the Drainage Board
  5. Engineer will draw up plans with most benefit, the best and cheapest cost
  6. Notice of Hearing to inform all affected landowners
  7. Hearing informs public of plans, project details, cost and landowners testimony
  8. If approved by Drainage Board, Judicial Review period, then approval conclusive
  9. If not approved by Drainage Board, revisions can be made
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