By Nate Smith
Washington Times Herald
WASHINGTON — The settlement of the Bennington Levee is now officially completed.
County Attorney Grant Swartzentruber told the Daviess County Council on Wednesday the levee board has approved the settlement it entered with the county last month. The settlement calls for the levee board to pay the county back $411,000 over the next 12 years for costs to rebuild the levee following a series of breaches in 2011. In return, the county forgave $150,000 in debt to the levee board.
The county spent $1.25 million to repair the levee to fall under standards set by the Army Corps of Engineers.
During the council meeting, the board approved $61,960 in expenses the levee board submitted to the county. In those claims are legal fees the levee board incurred while defending itself against the county.
Council President Mike Myers said the fees were part of the settlement agreed by the county. The council did appoint member Mike Sprinkle to sit on the Bennington Levee board. Due to a change in state law, county government is allowed to appoint a representative to the board if the county has paid for levee expenses. Monday, the commissioners appointed Tony Wichman to serve a four-year term on the levee board. Sprinkle will also serve four years.