Petitions and Easement

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

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DRAINAGE CODE
CAUSE

ORDINANCE FEE

PETITION

EASEMENT BOARD APPROVAL

gives landowners the ability to petition to Create New Drains by 10% of the affected landowners in the drainage watershed.
NO
YES
YES
gives all landowners the ability to petition to Reconstruct Drains by 10% of the affected landowners in the drainage watershed
NO
YES
YES
gives all affected landowners the ability to petition for a Mutual Drain be a Regulated Drain.
NO
YES
YES
gives one affected landowner the ability to petition for a Mutual Drain be a Regulated Drain.
NO
YES
YES
gives landowners the ability to petition for a Regulated Drain be Vacated by all landowners involved. 
NO
YES
YES
gives landowners the ability to petition for a “Remove Obstruction in a Mutual Drain or in Natural Surface Water Course”.
$750.00
YES
YES
gives landowners the ability to file a request asking the unit of government to invesigate the storm water nuisance.
$50.00
NO
NO
provides landowners premission to place a permnant structure in the 75 foot drainage easement.
$150.00
NO
YES
provides Utility premission to place a permnant structure in the 75 foot drainage easement.
$150.00
YES
YES
The Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission requires a state form to be signed by the Surveyor to verify the Business Location for ABC permits
$100.00
YES
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