Salem trustees OK cable franchise agreement

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Salem Township trustees approved a video service authorization for cable television on Wednesday.

Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said the agreement includes a five percent franchise fee to be paid to the township.

The current 20-year agreement with Comcast expires on March 21. She added that some residents subscribe to Time Warner Cable and there is a section of the township where cable television is unavailable.

Wilms said the contract will run for an undetermined period.

In other business, trustees approved $1,000 for material to build picnic tables for the parks. Wilms said the tables will be 16 feet long. Trustees also approved money for siding inside the garage while also tabling talks regarding the Mangus II well on Butcher Road.

Representatives of Chesapeake Exploration were expected at the meeting to discuss a RUMA on sections of Egypt and Butcher roads but didn’t show up, Wilms said.

Chesapeake requested a road use management agreement with Green Township for a section of Egypt Road leading the well on Feb. 19.

Egypt Road meets Butcher Road in Salem Township and makes a sharp turn with an elevation change where the two intersect on the way to the Mangus property in the 37000 block of Butcher Road.

Trustee John Wilms had expressed concern over the intersection earlier in the week noting that the turn and elevation change will be harder to deal with than at the Maroscher well on Salem Grange Road near old state Route 558.

At the Green Township meeting Chesapeake officials said they would walk the RUMA route with township officials before signing the agreement.

Also, in other business, trustees were advised the Columbiana County engineer’s meeting with the township will be held at 12:30 p.m. March 25.

Cathy Wilms said the county commissioners will update them regarding the nuisance property on Golf Club Drive.

A company will come in and determine if there is asbestos in it, Wilms said.

Trustees also approved a $50 permit for Hilcorp Energy to drill a water line under Grafton Road where the company just installed a wellsite on the Grubbs property.

Trustee Bill Heston requested that decorations be removed from the cemeteries before April 19.

Trustees will meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. March 14.

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