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Zoning hearing set for ‘full-service’ terminal at old Refractories site

November 2, 2012
Morning Journal News

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - The conditional use application for Buckeye Transfer regarding "expansion needs" at the former National Refractories site will be on the agenda when the board of zoning appeals meets for a public hearing at 7 p.m., Nov. 6 (Election Day) in the township administration building.

Zoning Inspector Kymberly Seabolt told trustees at Thursday's meeting that Buckeye Transfer now wants approval for "full-service" truck and transfer terminal at the site.

The terminal will service the oil and gas industry.

In June, the board of zoning appeals approved a conditional use for Buckeye Transfer, which obtained the property on behalf of a Denver-based oil service company, to convert part of the 95-acre site to a truck-to-rail liquid transfer point.

The application said it would transfer crude oil and condensate from active oil and gas wells to rail tankers staged on a rail spur inside the property.

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

The area is zoned I-1 Industrial - Light and the specified parcels are located in the vicinity of Esterly, Wisler and Cherry Fork roads.

All interested parties are invited and the hearing is open to the public, Seabolt said.

In other business, trustees approved the appointment of Melvin Miller, a 25-year road department employee, to the position of road supervisor.

He replaces Denny Farmer who retired after 40 years with the township.

After appointing Miller trustees held a 22-minute executive session and upon returning unanimously approved an $1.75 an hour wage increase for him, increasing his hourly rate to $24.50.

Trustees also offered the job of road crewmember to Nathan Good subject to tests and a background check. Good was one of about eight people who applied for the job and trustees interviewed each applicant.

Trustees passed a resolution conveying their "sincere appreciation and best wishes" to Farmer who worked for the township since his high school days.

Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said, "It's been a real pleasure working with you."

Trustee Barry Miner thanked Farmer for his leadership and dedication adding that he knew how hard he worked.

Also, in other business, Miller, giving his first report as road supervisor, advised trustees that a driveway culvert on Kelly Park Road was replaced; another load of hot mix was dispersed; the township received delivery of cutting edges and guardrail; and after the storm, the township's 48 miles of roads and ditches were checked for downed trees and debris.

Miller also said the new snowplow hitch and spreader arrived.

Trustees also heard a complaint from resident John Fabry regarding a drainage issue on his property on Lower Elkton Road and state Route 164 where water was accumulating in his backyard.

"My issue is (the water) is it's coming from either the city, township or county and dumped on my property," Fabry said.

After listening to Fabry outline the problem, Miner said they would check into it.

"We can't go on private property to alleviate drainage," he said, "the problem we have is to stay in the right-of-way."

He asked Miller to get a plat of the property.

"The only question in my mind is the Ohio Edison right-of-way," Miner said.

Trustees approved adding a meeting for 7 p.m., Nov. 26.

The next regular meeting it Nov. 15.

Larry Shields can be reached at



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