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Salem Twp. trustees approve 2 more road deals

August 30, 2012

FRANKLIN SQUARE - Trustees approved road use management agreements (RUMAs) for two roads Wednesday.

Agreements were unanimously approved for Chesapeake Energy for McCracken Road (Mueller well) and Salem-Grange Road (Maroscher well) but trustees held off approving a RUMA for the Mangus drill site that requires access from Lisbon-Canfield and Butcher roads.

Brett Bankert, the Columbiana County field representative for Chesapeake Energy and Eric Bruckman, a project manager for Civil Engineers of Southwest Ohio (CESO), appeared at the meeting.

Trustees said they wanted to walk the roads with access to the Mangus well after Bankert said "no improvements" were needed and noted the county signed a RUMA on it but Trustee Chairman John Wilms wanted more information regarding the RUMA language with the township.

He wanted to move beyond potholes and wanted to know the plan if the roads get torn up. Bruckman explained the RUMA says Chesapeake has to keep the roads in as good or better condition as they find them and Wilms asked it that meant fixing it as soon any damage was done.

Bruckman referred the question to Bankert who said, "That's something I review all the time" adding that he will go to the roads with CESO and evaluate them, especially if there are emergency circumstances.

Wilms asked about reinforcing the roads in the end and Bruckman said it's in the agreement and Wilms said trustees had not read it but noted the roads were on the township's chip and seal program.

"We're a little concerned," he said and Trustee Bill Heston said, "You guys left us out in the dark on this road. It's one of our better roads" and Trustee Ray Heddleson said Butcher Road led to a school "and bleeds on a hot day."

Heston said, "We need to spend some time ... you guys need to get with us ... you're asking us to sign a blank certificate."

Bankert said they could meet on the site and said he would call the township next week.

"This is something we can talk about at the next meeting," Bankert said.

"I'm with Bill," Wilms said, "I'd like to meet out there with you" adding that he had not read the RUMA "at all."

Wilms said, "I think we need to go on the road, like we did before" and Heddleson repeated the point about the chip and seal program and holding off "because you said they don't need anything ..."

Heddleson expressed doubt regarding on that point and Heston said, "We don't want to waste taxpayers money."

Wilms said, "I doubt they don't need anything. We all know that road pretty well."

Trustees briefly discussed McCracken and Teegraden roads and the access to the Maroscher drill site on Salem-Grange Road that will be widened four feet on each side.

Bankert said, "We're not here to pressure anyone ... we want to make sure everything's clear up front."

Trustees approved the RUMAs for the Maroscher and Mueller drill sites but wanted it noted they wanted more discussion on the Mangus access roads.

In other business, Constable Dan Valentine advised trustees to prepare for complaints on a property at state Route 344 and Grafton Road that has been abandoned with trash and debris on it.

He said the county health department has been advised and took pictures.

Also, trustees approved a resolution authorizing Valentine to purchase a new printer and for Road Foreman Jason Entrikin to call for a new purchase of fuel.

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