Tonight’s Indianapolis Star is reporting the death of Beurt SerVaas, famed civic leader of Indianapolis. Among other things, SerVaas is credited with architecting the Indianapolis-Marion County combined governmental system (“unigov”), and served as the president of the combined City-County Council for over 28 years.
SerVaas is perhaps best known in Monroe County for having floated a proposal in 2006 to the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks to construct a 60-mile water pipeline from Lake Monroe to Indianapolis, that could siphon away 90 million gallons per day from the lake to serve the Indianapolis metro area. An article on this proposal in the Herald Times can be found here: Indy wants to tap Lake Monroe.
The full article on SerVaas’ death can be found here: Beurt SerVaas, 94, former Indianapolis council president, dies.