2015 Continuing Education Seminar
The 2015 summer education seminar was another successful event. The seminar covered Reconstruction of Regulated Drains and How to Finance Them. The panel consisted of:
- Zach Beasley - Tippecanoe County Surveyor
- Jarrod Hahn – Wells County Surveyor
- Chris Knochel – Newton County Surveyor
- Tom Cummins – Montgomery County Surveyor
- Susan Bodkin – Hancock County Surveyor.
The panel discussed what constitute a reconstruction and the many ways to finance them including grants, bank loans, and general drain funds. In addition, Jim Love from Beck’s Hybrids gave a presentation on drones and then gave a demonstration. The live demonstration of flying the drones was very interesting, to say the least.
There were 34 people that attended the meeting and 6 corporate sponsors. The Association would like to thank Julie Umbaugh and Meg Butcher with Christopher B. Burke Engineering for helping organize the event.
Once again there will be a 2016 Continuing Education and Fundraising Seminar. All surveyors are welcome to attend and will receive 3 credit hours of continuing education. Details of the event will be available in the near future.
2015 County Surveyor of the Year
Congratulations to Allan Frisinger, Allen County Surveyor, on receiving the award for the 2015 Outstanding County Surveyor, presented by the Association of Indiana Counties.
The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) is pleased to announce that Allen County Surveyor Allen Frisinger, PS, is the 2015 Outstanding County Surveyor. The award is in recognition of his contributions made to county government throughout his years of public service. .
Al has over 46 years of experience as a surveyor, and has served Allen County citizens for 35 years, spending the last 19 years as the County's Surveyor. Frisinger obtained degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Technology from Purdue University in 1977, and also served with the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1969-1972. He is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor, and is involved with several professional societies inlcluding the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Association of State Floodplain Managers, and the National Association of County Surveyors.
The award was presented during the 57th AIC Annual Conference, the largest gathering of county officials in the state. The 2015 conference was held in LaPorte County Sept. 21-24 and included meetings designed specifically for each elected county office.
Michael Arena - Winner of 2015 President's Award
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (March 13, 2015) – Lawrence County Surveyor Michael Arena was honored this week at the Annual Purdue Road School. Arena received the 2015 President’s Award from the Surveyors Association of Indiana on March 12. The Surveyor’s Association is an affiliate association of the Association of Indiana Counties.
Zach Beasley, Tippecanoe County Surveyor and current president of the Surveyors Association, presented the award to Arena (see photo at right).
“Arena’s 42 consecutive years of public service as an elected official, his dedication to the office of County Surveyor, and continued support of the association made this an easy choice,” said Beasley. “It’s so very important to have leaders like Arena who also take time to serve as teachers and mentors to young adults entering the profession of land surveying.”
APRIL, 2013 - The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is currently promoting 2-Stage Ditches throughout Indiana. The 2-Stage Ditch is a conservation practice that serves as a tool to reduce nutrient loads and sedimentation in ditches along with adding additional capacity and reducing the peak off of storm events. Utilizing current ditch infrastructure the 2-Stage Ditch modifies the current drain in order to increase its performance and extend its life expectancy by promoting a more stable system. Current funding through the IDEM Section 319 program is available through the end of 2013 to implement ½ mile 2-Stage Ditch projects. This funding provides 75% cost share not to exceed $20,000 for the implementation of ½ mile projects. Surveyors interested in this funding as well as more detailed information are encouraged to contact Kent Wamsley with The Nature Conservancy at 574-946-7491 or firstname.lastname@example.org, as the current funding available will address 6 projects.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. In Indiana, the Conservancy has worked for 50 years at over 195 sites to protect more than 80,000 acres. Working from seven offices across the State, the Conservancy works with local communities on issues of vital interest, including the quality and quantity of Indiana’s freshwater. Visit us on the web at The Nature Conservancy - Indiana.