Subdivision residents seek help from county drainage board

Nearly 40 people who live in adjoining northern Bartholomew neighborhoods pleaded for help Monday in solving ongoing flooding issues in their subdivisions.

Several residents of the Armuth Acres and North Cliff subdivisions spoke to the five-member Bartholomew County Drainage Board Monday night to explain how recent flooding has caused serious damage to their residences and personal property.

But while the drainage board may consider taking steps in the future, board chairman Jeff Schroer said the board cannot consider specific actions until they receive a formal petition from the residents.

The petition must be signed by property owners of at least 10 percent of the affected acreage, or by those who own at least 25 percent of the assessed value, said Bartholomew County Attorney Grant Tucker.

County officials estimate there are about 96 lots in the two subdivisions.

After the petitions are submitted, the drainage board will scheduled a public hearing for a night where all impacted residents can tell the board what their specific issues are, Tucker said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.