Chesapeake looking for Egypt Road pact

GREENFORD – Chesapeake Energy proposed a road use management agreement (RUMA) with Green Township on Egypt Road south of state Route 14 for the Mangus II well in Salem Township during Tuesday’s meeting.

“We’re developing a haul route to a well site,” said Brett R. Bankert, a field representative for Chesapeake.

The RUMA begins at state Route 14 and runs 1,000 feet in Green Township before running into Butcher Road in Salem Township.

The wellsite is on Butcher Road and the entire distance from Route 14 will be approximately 1.5 miles in both townships.

Salem Township, in Columbiana County, will need to work out a RUMA for its portion of the road.

Bankert said drawings are in the preliminary stage while noting Chesapeake was also working with the Mahoning County engineer’s office.

This is Chesapeake’s first “excursion into Green Township,” Bankert said and asked trustees if they wanted to see the RUMA before it was forwarded to the county.

They did and Trustee Dave Slagle asked what they could expect. Bankert said a six-inch base with an asphalt overlay will be used.

“We will conduct a walk-through,” he said and invited county and township officials to attend.

“Once we get that, the route drawings will be complete,” he said.

Trustee Chairman Mark Stepuk asked if the road work would be done beforehand and Bankert said it would and Slagle said a road bond, probably about $100,000 through the township, would be required.

Bankert said he expected to have the paperwork completed by the March township meeting.

In other business, Fire Chief Todd Baird asked trustees to approve John Blankenship as the Green Township-Washingtonville fire inspector after he recently passed the inspector’s test.

The vote was 2-1 with Trustee Dave Slagle voting no because it limited the inspector to that area.

“We never did that before,” Slagle said.

The fire department will be applying for two grants for gear and pagers for $1,450 and to get $5,235 in training money back from the state.

A meeting was set for 5:30 p.m. Monday regarding the firehouse expansion. Baird has four people experienced in construction and wanted to sit down with trustees and see what they can agree on before going to an architect.

He said the project will have to be bid out.

Baird also advised that the township’s fire and EMS pancake and sausage breakfast will be from 6:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16 at the Green Township Fire Station, 12210 Lisbon Road.

Adults are $6, children 6-12 are $3 and five and under are free.

There will be a 50-50 raffle and proceeds are used for fire and EMS equipment.

The department also wants to become certified as a continuing education site which would allow the department to train at the fire station and would make recruiting easier, Baird said, adding they’re doing research for grants on it.

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