YELLOW CREEK - The Yellow Creek Township board of trustees approved a request from Chesapeake Energy to carry out weight testing on Forbes Road during their meeting on Tuesday evening.
Brett Bankert from Chesapeake Energy presented a proposal requesting permission to perform load testing on Forbes Road, which the company hopes to use as a route from state Route 45 through sections of Osbourne and Fife-Coal roads in Madison Township into Yellow Creek. The testing will be carried out by CESO Civil Engineers of Canton, which has represented Chesapeake in similar road testing and usage agreements.
Other guests at the meeting included Bob Wines from the Buckeye Water District presented his credentials to trustees and asked for their support in his bid for re-appointment to the BWD board, where he currently serves as vice president and treasurer. Also visiting was Bill Lucas from Anderson-Campbell Insurance in Toronto. Trustees sought information from him regarding changes that could be made to reduce the township's employee health insurance costs.
The board voted to table Lucas' proposal pending further study. The policy currently in place for township employees, which trustee Kenny Biacco estimated at $2,500 per month, is set to undergo a price increase as of Jan. 1, 2013. Biacco said that other insurance firms have been contacted and a decision has not yet been made.
The board also approved a revised absentee policy requiring township employees to contact trustee Larry Brewer, who will in turn contact Biacco and trustee David Boyd, when they need to report off from work. "All trustees will be notified," Biacco said. He insisted that the measure did not reflect any mistrust on the behalf of the board, but was out of concern for employee safety and township liability, particularly with regard to road employees Gary Mitchell and Randy Matthias. The measure was approved unanimously.
"We run big equipment over there," Biacco said, citing the township's backhoe as an example. He stated his concern for what could happen if one of the township's road workers were injured in an accident while alone on the job with no one around to help. "If I know that one guy is over there working, I'm going to check on him in the daytime," Biacco said. "And I'm going to make sure that at 3:30, he's going to go home."
Biacco announced that the township will apply for a litter grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Up to $20,000 is available, in exchange for 10 percent put forward by the participating municipality. He said he has yet to decide if trustees will apply for that maximum amount given current financial concerns, but mentioned that $2,000 toward the return is a good investment. The funds would be used toward the continued cleanup efforts on Hibbetts-Mill Road. The measure was tabled for consideration.
Paperwork has also been sent to Columbus certifying the completion of work to the hillside on Hibbetts-Mill Road. "We're all happy with the way it turned out," Biacco said. Trustees are now seeking to obtain a new grant that would go toward the cost of widening the roadway on Hibbetts-Mill. The search will continue through the winter, he said, since no work could begin until the following spring.
The next meeting of Yellow Creek Township trustees is scheduled for Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.