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Trustees not ready to sign road deal


September 13, 2012
Morning Journal News

FRANKLIN SQUARE - Trustees want more discussion regarding a road use management agreement for an oil and gas drilling site on McCracken Road, known as the Mueller well.

Chesapeake Exploration plans on drilling the well.

Trustee Chairman John Wilms said Wednesday that some adjustment will have to be made.

"I don't think they have anything out there that's a hazard," Wilms said but added that's isn't the way they want it.

"I wanted to call that to your attention," he said and Trustee Bill Heston said, "I agree with you on that.

Wilms said, "We're not going to let that go."

He said there was work needed along the road edge.

Trustees also want more discussion regarding a RUMA for the Mangus well.

Trustees approved two RUMAs at the Aug. 29 meeting but held off on approving a RUMA for the Mangus site which requires access from Lisbon-Canfield and Butcher roads.

Wilms had wanted more information regarding the language with the township and wanted to move beyond potholes and what the plan was if the roads get torn up.

Eric Bruckman, a project manager for Civil Engineers of Southwest Ohio (CESO), appeared at the Aug. 29 meeting and explained Chesapeake has to keep the roads in as good or better condition as they find them and Wilms asked it that meant fixing it as soon any damage was done.

On Wednesday, trustees said they had expected Chesapeake to attend the meeting.

"They left us out on that one, they were supposed to be here tonight with a RUMA but something changed," Wilms said.

In other business, Wilms asked for a motion to have Sodbusters of Leetonia continue mowing in the park on an as-needed basis for the remainder of the season.

Also, trustees approved a resolution to request the distribution of casino tax revenue be made in the same proportion as the Local Government Fund money.

Wilms said, "I want to let them know we're interested in that money."

Trustees also received over $1,000 in rebate money from the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) a governmental risk-sharing pool whose members consist solely of Ohio Townships.

Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said the money was the result of claims being down.

In other business, Constable Dan Valentine was commended for receiving a "When the Call Comes" award given to first responders during an event at the county fairgrounds on Sunday.

The award is given to firefighters, dispatchers and police officers.

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