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Fairfield trustees eye casino jackpot

October 6, 2012
Morning Journal News

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - After Trustee Barry Miner suggested a motion recommending the use the casino revenues for the sheriff's office, Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said Thursday they should invite county commissioners to discuss how it should be used.

In July, the county received a check for $94,000 representing about five weeks of state tax collections.

Since that "windfall," as Miner called it, townships and municipalities have been looking to get a piece of the money.

Hum noted there are 18 townships and a half-dozen municipalities.

"There are some townships that need the money," he said, adding he didn't want to make a blanket statement about how its allocated.

Miner pointed out the sheriff's office has been working under a 15 percent budget cut and "if the sheriff received the money everyone would benefit. It's one way the commissioners could provide for safety ... it's my opinion they should give it to the sheriff ..."

Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster said dividing it up between 18 townships would not leave much and Miner said it would have more of an impact with the sheriff in what he called the eighth or ninth largest county in the state.

Trustee Carl Garwood said it was pennies on the dollar but Hum said it was more than that while pointing out the sheriff's department has always had money problems.

He wanted the money to go to the most needy.

Miner said it would - by going to the sheriff, but Hum, smiling, said, "Bert (Dawson, county engineer) might disagree."

Hum wanted to put it on a "need basis because it's like free money."

Miner suggested thinking "outside the box and redirecting it to the sheriff, that's where the need is."

Hum said, "Invite the county commissioners to come and let them stew on it for awhile and come up with a plan."

No action was taken.

In other business, Miner said the township received notification from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for another well site. This one is located on the east side of state Route 7 on the Lehman property between Crestview Road and state Route 46.

Miner also said Chesapeake Exploration failed to notify the township, as per its RUMA with the company, that the Mellinger drill site derrick on Beeson Mill Road was disassembled and removed from the site.

Miner said he saw it was up on Monday and it was still up at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

"I had to read about it in the newspaper," he said.

In other business, Road Supervisor Denny Farmer received a quote for road salt for $46.81 per ton noting the price was "way better than what it's been."

Also, trustees approved a motion to assist Crestview School when it holds its sixth annual Rebel Run 5K run/walk on Nov. 17.

Janet Leipheimer asked for help with traffic control on Crestview, Kirk and Short roads for approximately two hours, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The time for the event was moved back a half-hour, Leipheimer said and Miner requested she provide the township with the information on the road closings and "we'll take care of it" including notifying the public.

Also, Zoning Officer Kymberly Seabolt advised trustees that no request for a conditional use application had been received from Buckeye Transfer, LLC regarding "expansion needs" at the former National Refractories site.

In June, Buckeye Transfer was approved for a conditional use to convert part of the site to a truck-to-rail transfer facility by the board of zoning appeals.

Buckeye obtained the property on behalf of a Denver-based oil service company to use the 95-acre tract as a truck to rail liquid transfer point.

It will transfer crude oil and condensate from active oil and gas wells to rail tankers staged on the spur.

Last month, after neighbor complaints, trustees learned work at the site went beyond the scope of the conditional use allowed and company representatives said they would redraft all their requirements into a new application.

Seabolt also said the zoning commission will meet at 7 p.m., Oct. 23 for a required quarterly meeting.

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