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Trustees concerned with Columbia Gas project

December 5, 2012
Morning Journal News

CALCUTTA - St. Clair Township Trustees on Tuesday chose to withhold a vote on an application to work within a township right-of-way filed by Columbia Gas. The project would entail an 240-foot extension of a Columbia Gas-owned gas main to a customer on Milton Avenue.

Columbia Gas has scheduled work for the unidentified customer to begin February 1. The proposed gas main extension would run underneath Milton Avenue, however, Columbia Gas hopes to avoid digging up the roadway if possible by using a boring method to dig underneath.

The decision to withhold the vote was made in part so trustees could find out more about the project, but also due to concerns the board has had with previous work done by Columbia Gas on township roadways.

Trustee James Hall cited previous work done on Coolidge Avenue as one of several instances in which Columbia Gas has altered the roadway for gas main related work and failed to do a quality job in repairing it after the job is completed.

"The problem comes from the material used to fill in the pit left by the machinery used in the boring process," Hall explained. The material, which is supposed to be of the same quality as that which was removed, settles over time , creating a dip in the roadway, he added.

Scott Barrett, township road foreman, told the trustees that winter snow plowing exasperates the problem, causing the shoddy repairs to deteriorate and leaving the roadway with further damage.

The board stated Columbia Gas has the right to do such gas main work due to public domain laws, but the board will fight to insure a higher quality job is done in the future.

In other business:

* The board of trustees voted to approve the appointment of two new members, C. Nicholas Schwab and Marcia Funk, to the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority.

* The St. Clair Township Police Department accepted a donation of $1,000 for drug enforcement from the Frank Mangano foundation.

* The Christmas tree recycling program runs December 27 to January 31 at the township road garage on East Liverpool Road.

The next board of trustees meeting is noon December 18 at the township administration building.



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