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St. Clair trustees to meet with Columbia Gas

December 19, 2012
Morning Journal News

CALCUTTA - St. Clair Township Trustees announced Tuesday it will be meeting with representatives from Columbia Gas this week to discuss an application to work within a township right of way.

In addition, the Thursday gathering also will be a chance for trustees to voice their displeasure about previous projects by the company on township land.

The application filed by Columbia Gas is for a project on Milton Avenue, which entailed a 240 foot gas main extension. The project would require the company to dig under the roadway.

At the Dec. 4 trustees meeting, the three-member board chose to withhold their vote on the application due to concerns regarding previous Columbia Gas projects. The trustees' concern was that after similar projects the repairs made to the surface of the roadway sank, causing dips and ruts to form. A gas main project on Coolidge Avenue was cited as an example. Columbia Gas communications and community relations manager Dave Rau expressed the company's desire to work with the township to get the issue resolved.

The trustees plan to use the meeting to lay out their concerns to Columbia Gas.

"We'll basically be going over our dissatisfactions with previous projects with them," said trustee James Hall. "We just want them to guarantee us the roads will be left in the same condition as before."

In other business:

* The township accepted a donation from the estate of John Borshnick for $7,500 to the township police fund and $7,500 to the township fire fund, which is to be split evenly between the Glenmoor and Calcutta volunteer fire departments

* Trustees approved a request for Triangle Seniors to use the Peter Metrovich Community Center

* It was announced that trustees will be attending a Jan. 30 conference of the Ohio Township Association in Columbus. The event will feature seminars, guest speakers and a chance to meet with Ohio legislators.

"We always run into something beneficial," Hall said.



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