WEST POINT-At the Thursday Dec. 27 meeting of the Madison Township Board of Trustees, trustees announced that talks continue between representatives from Chesapeake Energy and trustees. Trustees Roger Walker and Gary Williams met with Chesapeake contractors this month and reported that talks mainly concern Chesapeake seeking a road use maintenance agreement or RUMA with the township.
The agreement is a strong indication that Chesapeake is considering developing a gas well site in the township but not a guarantee, trustees explained. Chesapeake first made contact with the township earlier in the year to develop a RUMA both sides could agree upon. The RUMA insures that roads are maintained up to township standards while in use by Chesapeake. The roads which are the subject of the pending RUMA are Osbourne and Forbes road. Trustees stated at the previous meeting that Chesapeake's proposed site would extend partially into Yellow Creek Township as well. A representative from Chesapeake is expected to attend an upcoming meeting of the trustees to further negotiate the RUMA.
In other business:
*Trustees discussed the decision made at the Dec. 11 meeting to approve a liquor license for American Legion post 0736. Fiscal Officer Tiffany Chetock reported she has completed the necessary paper work and returned it to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.
*Road supervisor Wayne Chamberlain reported township plow trucks did well in dealing with Wednesday's snow. He also advised the trustees that private citizens with snow plows are causing dangerous conditions by using their plows on township roadways and by pushing snow out of private driveways into the roadway. Trustee Cook agreed stating "Sometimes individuals plowing our roads are doing more harm than good."
*As part of their yearly Re-organizational meeting trustees made the following motions
- Approved renewed contract with West Point Volunteer Fire Department
-Approved renewed contract of Wayne Chamberlain as fire chief and fire prevention officer
- Approved raise of 25 cents for township Road Supervisor and Road Worker positions