About Us

ER Grey
E.R. Gray III,
Surveyor

The Bartholomew County Surveyor’s Office maintains regulated drains, section corners, GIS mapping, and cemetery location data with the best interest of the County and its citizens in mind.

Our office is comprised of three divisions: Field Surveys, GIS Mapping and Hydrology.  We have a staff of seven full-time employees in addition to the County Surveyor, E. R. Gray, III, P.L.S.  A registered land surveyor, E. R. has been the County Surveyor since 1984. He is active in several organizations including the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors (past President), Indiana County Surveyors Association (past President), and the National Society of Professional Surveyors. He served 8 years on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Land Surveyors.


Staff

Tom R. Finke: Head of Hydrology Division

Cris L. E. West: Administrative Assistant

Ray Sheldon: Head of Field Surveys Division

Gary L. Settle: Field Crew Chief

Jeff L. Lucas: Head of GIS Mapping Division

Daniel P. Rice: Senior Mapper

Greg L. Dibble: GIS Technician/Field Crew Member

INDIANA CODES RELATING TO OUR OFFICE

    IC 36-2, Chapter 12. County Surveyor
    IC 36-9, Chapter 27. Drainage Law

STATE GUIDELINES & ETHICS OF LAND SURVEYORS - PDF

    TITLE 865 State Board of Registration for Land Surveyors: Article 1. General Provisions

Divisions

Field Surveys Division


The Field Surveys Division of our office constantly monitors construction in or near public right-of-way to prevent obliteration of monuments. This is accomplished in part by attending monthly meetings with public and private utilities, which represent the major component of construction in public rights-of-way, reviewing construction permits for work in a public right-of-way which are issued by the City Engineer’s Office and County Engineer’s Office, examining preliminary construction plans, and checking plats and surveys of new minor and major subdivisions as they are filed with the Columbus/Bartholomew Planning Department.

The obligation of the Surveyor's Office to the people of this county is addressed in Indiana Code, Title 36, Article 2, Chapter 12, Sections 1-15.  Here is a brief outline of the responsibilities centered around and within the Bartholomew County Surveyor's Office, Field Surveys Division:

  •     Perpetuates and maintains section corners [IC 36-2-12-11]
  •     Maintains files for “legal surveys” in the county [IC 36-2-12-10]
  •     Provides horizontal base line data to land surveyors
  •     Prepares surveys of county land at the request of the County Commissioners
  •     Surveys right-of-way and control lines for new road and bridge construction
  •     Prepares Administrative Subdivisions of newly acquired county road right-of-way
  •     Provides plats, topographic surveys and construction stakeout for County Park Board
  •     Coordinates with the Bartholomew County Prosecutor, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Columbus Police Department to determine the location of drug arrest with respect to school grounds
  •     Checks technical aspects (surveying) of plats filed with the Plan Department; Maintains.
  •     Prepares surveys of cemeteries at the request of the County Commissioners

 

GIS Mapping Division


The GIS Mapping Division of our office is responsible for maintaining the County Auditor’s Plat Maps and the Precinct Maps for the Bartholomew County Clerk and Office of Voter Registration. The Division also develops and maintains the computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) that is used as a basis for all county mapping. A variety of special maps are prepared, using the GIS map base, as might be required by other county departments or the general public.

The obligation of the Surveyor's Office to the people of this county is addressed in Indiana Code, Title 36, Article 2, Chapter 12, Sections 1-15.  Here is a brief outline of the responsibilities centered around and within the Bartholomew County Surveyor's Office, GIS Mapping Division:

  •     Maintains the Voter Precinct Maps
  •     Maintains annexation descriptions and dis-annexation descriptions for each city and town and must certify to the State Election Board the annexations and the census tracts involved
  •     Maintains the Auditor's Plat Books and handles all technical land surveying issues concerning them
  •     GIS Mapping Coordinator

 

Hydrology Division


The Hydrology Division of our office is responsible for the maintenance, construction, and reconstruction of the county’s regulated or legal drains. This division works with and for the Bartholomew County Drainage Board in maintaining these drains. A watershed is determined for each drain and drainage assessments are applied through the offices of the County Auditor and Treasurer.

 

Drainage Terms

Affected Land - Land within a watershed that is affected by the construction, reconstruction, or maintenance of a regulated drain

Crossing - A drainage structure that passes over, under, or through a location used for the passage of people, livestock, or vehicles

Maintenance - Work on a drain as described in section 34(c) of the Indiana Code for any of the purposes stated in that section

Open Drain - A natural or artificial open channel that carries surplus water and was established under or made subject to any drainage statute

Private Drain - A drain that is located on land owned by one (1) person or by two (2) or more persons jointly and was not established under or made subject to any drainage statute

Reconstruction - Work on a drain as described in section 34(b) of the Indiana Code to correct any of the problems with the drain that are enumerated in that section up to and including the discharge portion of the drain

Regulated Drain - An open drain, a tiled drain, or a combination of the two

Tiled Drain - A tiled channel that carries surplus water; and was established under or made subject to any drainage statute

Watershed - An area of land from which all runoff water drains to a given point or that is affected by a small lake

Drainage Board

General Information


The Drainage Board was formed under Indiana Code 36-9-27 and its subsections are the guidelines that the board follows to carry out its duties.  These laws, and others pertaining to this division of our office, can be viewed by following our links on the Links page of our website.

Work performed for the Drainage Board is done through the Hydrology Division of our office.  That division is responsible for the maintenance, construction, and reconstruction of the county's regulated or legal drains.  A watershed is determined for each drain and drainage assessments are applied through the offices of the County Auditor and Treasurer.

2016 BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY DRAINAGE BOARD MEMBERS

Jeff M. Schroer, Chairman

Douglas L. Eckart, Vice-Chairman

Ronald F. Speaker, Secretary

James R. Pence

Carl H. Lienhoop, County Commissioner

E. R. Gray, III, County Surveyor (ex-officio)

 

Drainage Board Meetings
Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each month in the Fourth Floor Meeting Room, County Governmental Building, 440 Third Street, Columbus, Indiana.

If you have an item to be placed on the Bartholomew County Drainage Board’s Agenda, the request should be submitted to the Surveyor’s Office no later than five working days before the scheduled meeting.

 

The agenda for an upcoming regular meeting will be posted with the meeting on the county's calendar no later than the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting date and will be removed and replaced for each meeting.

Joint Drainage Boards


Since waterways naturally cross county lines, it is necessary to create drainage boards that are made up more than one county.

Below is the list of drains that cross our county lines.

  • Thompson-Schneck Regulated Drain, Jackson County
  • Mary Kobbe Regulated Drain, Jackson County
  • Mary R. Glanton (Sidney Branch) Regulated Drain, Shelby County
  • Kate Ensley Regulated Drain, Shelby County
  • Francis OVERSTREET (Haw Creek), Shelby County

Regulated Drains


The following is a list of all Regulated Drains that are under the jurisdiction of the Bartholomew County Drainage Board.

  • Armuth-Schuder Drain
  • Big Tough Drain (Aaron Essex-Edward Lortz)
  • Brush Creek Drain (Hardin S. Linke Drain)
  • Chambers Drain (Albert Reed-Elizabeth Stultz)
  • Charles Ross Drain
  • Chicken Creek Drain (Adam Lorts)
  • Clarence Hall Drain
  • Clifford Drain
  • Clifty Farms Drain
  • Cook Layman Drain
  • D. C. Elliot Drain
  • Denois Creek Drain (John Schinnerer-Samuel Daugherty)
  • Driftwood Drain
  • East Clifford Drain
  • Edward Armuth Drain
  • Ellen Stobo Drain
  • Fiesbeck Perry Drain
  • Haw Creek Drain (Francis Overstreet)
  • Driftwood Drain
  • East Clifford Drain
  • Edward Armuth Drain
  • Ellen Stobo Drain
  • Fiesbeck & Perry Drain
  • Haw Creek Drain (Francis Overstreet)
  • Henry Loesch Drain
  • Horse Creek Drain (Anna Collins)
  • Joseph Anthony Drain
  • Kate Ensley -Joint with Shelby County
  • Little Tough Drain (Marshall D. Lee)
  • Martin Holder Drain
  • Mary Kobbe Drain -Joint with Jackson County
  • Mary McQueen Conner Subdivision Drain
  • Opossum Creek Drain (Wagner-Wells-John Snyder)
  • Robert Tellman Drain
  • Sidney Branch Drain (Mary R. Glanton) -Joint with Shelby County
  • Sloan Branch (Joshua S. Simms-Elizabeth Lucas)
  • Strietelmeier-Wilson Drain
  • Thompson-Schneck Drain -Joint with Jackson County
  • Walesboro Drain
  • William Brockman Drain
  • William Newton Drain

County Maps

County Maps

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City Council Districts (820 downloads) Popular #
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MS4 Areas (916 downloads) Popular #
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How Do I...

How do I find out if my property is in a Flood Zone?

Flood Zone determinations are made by the City/County Planning Department at City Hall.

How do I find my property corners?

If documentation has been set, a metal detector can help locate the metal pins at property corners.  Depending on the accuracy needed on the property line, a private surveyor may need to verify the monument location.

How do I pay for my property to be surveyed and how much would it cost?

You will need to call a private land surveyor for this information.

How can I find where my property line is located?

The County Surveyor's office only marks county right-of-way lines, we leave the property lines to private land surveyors.

How do I resolve a property line dispute?

Hire a private surveyor to verify the accuracy of the neighbor's survey.

How do I pay for my property to be surveyed to put up a garage or outbuilding?

You will need to hire a private surveryor, then get a Certified Site Plan, which is required by Building and Zoning in order to construct a building.

How do I request a recommendation for a private surveyor to use?

As a government office, we cannot direct you to any particular company.  We recommend that you refer to the yellow pages and look under "Land Surveyors" and go from there.

Public Hearing Documents

Upcoming Public Hearings

2016 Surveyor's Report- Sidney Branch. (355 downloads) Popular #
2016 Mary Glanton Sidney Branch Map (173 downloads) Popular #
2016 Maintenance Schedule- Sidney Branch (204 downloads) Popular #

Forms

Public Resources

eGIS Community Response Help Documentation (646 downloads) Popular #
GIS 4 x Help Documentation (295 downloads) Popular #
GIS Workshop Excercises (601 downloads) Popular #
Request for Survey-Related Information (371 downloads) Popular #
Verification of Business Location (for alcohol permit) (582 downloads) Popular #

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