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State Awards Water Quality Improvement Projects

From: Inside Indiana Business e-newsletter — October 26, 2018 — by Reed Parker, Writer/Reporter

Soil and Water Conservation Districts across Indiana have been awarded over $1 million to improve water quality. The funding comes from the Clean Water Indiana grant program and is administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
The CWI program is funded mostly by Indiana’s cigarette tax revenue and helps conservation districts reduce water pollution. Districts were also encouraged to partner with neighboring districts to leverage additional resources.
“This year alone, Clean Water Indiana has supported 373 conservation projects and prevented more than 63 million pounds of sediment from entering our waterways,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “These grants are critical to shoring up the work being done by Indiana’s conservation districts and provide opportunities for farmers that otherwise would not exist.”
CWI grants that were awarded for 2018:
Lead SWCD – Partnering SWCDs – Amount
Boone County – Hendricks County – $60,000
Dubois County – Perry County – $41,000
Grant County – Delaware County – $71,000
Hamilton County – Madison County – $46,850
Harrison County – Crawford County – $75,000
Hendricks County – None – $22,000
Jasper County – Benton and Newton counties – $30,800
Kosciusko County – Whitley County – $75,000
LaPorte County – None – $47,000
Lawrence County – Scott and Washington counties – $100,000
Marion County – None – $80,000
Marshall County – None – $70,000
Orange County – None – $20,000
Perry County – None – $14,375
Posey County – None – $55,000
Spencer County – None – $50,000
Tipton County – Howard County – $92,000
Vanderburgh County – Gibson, Pike, Posey and Warrick counties – $10,000
Washington County – Floyd County – $11,000
Wayne County – None – $80,000



Commonwealth Engineers adds 2 New Business Managers

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. welcomes two new employees serving in the capacity of Business Development Manager.

“Commonwealth Engineers has worked with hundreds of Indiana Communities across the State for more than four decades. We have maintained our commitment to the best interest of these communities and helping them solve their toughest water resource and environmental problems. This has resulted in long-standing as well as continued growth in clientele. Because we remain committed to the same level of service, we are adding to our team. We welcome these individuals who will work diligently to maintain communication and serve as liaisons between our clients and our technical and regulatory staff.”  – Al Stong, President Commonwealth Engineers

  1. Mark Yager – West Central Indiana Business Development Manager

 Mr. Yager understands how local governments operate and knows how to help communities find funding for municipal utility improvements projects. Mark is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington with a Master of Public Affairs Degree with concentrations in Public Finance and Economic Development. He has also received certification from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Past experience includes working with municipalities to develop action plans for water resource infrastructure needs, including grant writing and serving as the point of contact between various government agencies.

  1. Jeremy VanErman – Northeast Indiana Business Development Manager

Through his past experience, Mr. VanErman has firsthand knowledge of municipal utility needs and the concerns of Indiana communities. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Jeremy served as the Assistant Storm Water Superintendent for the City of Anderson, and the Storm Water & Engineering Manager/Planning Director/Building Commissioner for the City of Alexandria.  He has earned various certifications pertaining to project management, safety, and erosion control.  Additionally, he served as a chair for the Indiana MS4 Annual Meeting and the Madison County Storm Water Quality Partnership. Jeremy has received various awards and acknowledgements from the Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Joseph Fragomeni, Jr; American Structurepoint

Joseph S. (Joe) Fragomeni, Jr.
Oct. 7, 1953 – Aug. 16, 2018

Joseph S. Fragomeni, Jr., better known as “Joe” or “Frags,” was tragically killed late Thursday afternoon in an auto accident in Fulton County, Indiana. He is survived by his wife Gail Fragomeni; his daughter Ashley Hall (Lee); his son Jason Fragomeni (Laura); his grandchildren Helena, Linley, and Camden Fragomeni; and his mother Joyce Fragomeni.
His American Structurepoint family is deeply saddened and stunned by his untimely death. Joe’s passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts. He has been a part of the American Structurepoint family since June of 1999, when he joined the firm as a business development director. Joe had an amazing talent to develop close relationships and make his clients his friends. He was highly respected in our industry for his integrity, professionalism, thoughtfulness, and cheerfulness. Joe will truly be missed. Funeral arrangements are pending. Details will be forwarded as they become known.

**The celebration of life for Joseph S. Fragomeni Jr. will be held at the Morris Park Country Club (2200 McKinley Avenue, South Bend, Indiana) on Sunday, August 26th from 12:00 to 3:30 PM.
Joe’s family has two requests: Everyone is encouraged to wear brightly colored, casual summer attire to the celebration, and if you are far away and cannot attend, please contribute any photos you have of Joe to the Dropbox account linked here.
Joe’s obituary can be found

Please keep Joe and the entire Fragomeni family in your thoughts and prayers.

Update to Indiana’s Call Before You Dig Law

“I Dig Summer” Contest – Save Time. Go Online!
Want to spend less time on the phone and more time on the job? With Indiana and Kentucky 811’s Web Ticket Entry system, excavators can do just that and submit information about their planned excavation online. This summer, by using Web Ticket Entry, excavators are automatically entering for a chance to win in the “I Dig Summer” contest. The users who complete the highest percentage of eligible tickets online between May 29, 2018 and Sept. 3, 2018 have the chance to win a two-night conference package to the Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference, or monetary prizes in the form of Visa gift cards totaling $1,400. Plus, while supplies last, all new Web Ticket Entry users will receive a free “I Dig Summer” contest T-shirt. For official rules and links to helpful information and resources, visit

Colts Fans Learn About Safe Digging
For the 15th consecutive summer, the Indianapolis Colts traveled across Indiana for the 2018 Colts Fan Fests, which featured players, cheerleaders and the team’s mascot, Blue. Indiana 811 members the City of Huntingburg and Vectren joined in the festivities on May 23 and June 7, where fans enjoyed autographs, photos, giveaways, music and more. Indiana 811 hosted a booth at both events to promote the importance of contacting 811 before digging, how to prevent a pipeline leak, what to do in an emergency and more.
Update to Indiana’s “Call Before You Dig” Law
On March 15, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 125 into law. The bill made changes to Indiana Code regarding new responsibilities and requirements for certain underground utility excavators and underground facility operators, and became effective as Indiana Code chapter 8-1-26.5 on July 1. Senate Enrolled Act 125 was developed in consultation with the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office. With the new law in effect, any contractor that is required to register with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office must include a signed statement saying that the entity and its employees will comply with Indiana 811’s “Call Before You Dig” law. Contractors already registered must also file a signed statement. To learn more about this law update, click here.

Are you registered for the 2018 MWDPTC?
Early bird registration is currently open for the sixth annual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (MWDPTC). Hosted by title sponsors Indiana and Kentucky 811, the 2018 MWDPTC will return to the iconic French Lick Resort in French Link, Ind., Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 16. MWDPTC attendees will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker David Miguel, who will present a compelling speech on the importance of safety. Attendees can also look forward to networking opportunities, including a golf tournament, turkey shoot and horseback riding event. Register by Aug. 24 to take advantage of early bird discounts, which could save your organization hundreds of dollars if you’re sending multiple people to the conference. Visit to learn more about the 2018 MWDPTC and to register now.