Salem Township trustees approve RUMA for site

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Trustees approved a road use management agreement (RUMA) for the Mangus II drill site for Chesapeake Exploration on Wednesday.

The RUMA runs from state Route 14 in Green Township up Egypt Road and turns left onto Butcher Road. The wellsite is in the 37000 block of Butcher Road.

Chesapeake requested a RUMA with Green Township for the section of Egypt Road on Feb. 19. Salem Township trustees approved the RUMA with a 3-0 vote without discussion and Trustee Chairman Ray Heddleson said after the meeting that the apex of the turn at the intersection of Egypt and Butcher Road will be filled in (widened) and raised.

He said Chesapeake wanted to access Butcher Road from Route 14 in response to a question about why it didn’t use Jersey Ridge Road from state Route 344. Trustee John Wilms has repeatedly noted that oil and gas exploration companies do what they wanted to do. Wilms had expressed concern about the sharp turn heavy vehicles will make at the Egypt and Butcher Road intersection, noting it will be more difficult than the turn onto Salem-Grange Road for the proposed Maroscher well site.

The combined distance for the RUMA in both townships from Route 14 will be approximately 1.5 miles.

No information was available regarding when the RUMA work would begin and Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources advised it had issued permits for six drill holes at the Mangus II site.

In other business, trustees approved a $50 permit for Hilcorp Energy to bore under Grafton Road for a gas line at the Grubbs wellsite property.

At its Feb. 28 meeting, trustees approved a bore permit for Hilcorp to drill a water line under Grafton Road.

In other business, trustees approved the millage for a replacement fire protection levy in the northwest district for the November ballot. The amount is not to exceed 2-mills.

Also, trustees discussed road patching and the chip and seal program. John Wilms wanted to get a plan in place and Road Supervisor Jason Entrikin said he wanted to get some blacktop down. “I’m worried about time,” he said, “the weather’s not helping us.”

Trustee Bill Heston said, “We’ll have to go around and patch the holes and then we’ll know where we’re at.”

Entrikin said he wanted to spend time on the roads off of state Route 558.

Also, in other business, Heston said he wanted to get the cemetery cleaned up and Entrikin said it would take about one day.

Trustees approved purchases for Cathy Wilms for a back-up battery for the township computer at $219 and for 10 plastic bags at $13 each for township records.

Trustees also approved $2,500 for road emulsion and $1,115 for a new impeller and hub for the sweeper; and $631 for parts to fix the ditching machine.

Trustees held the meeting under LED light provided by a 6-volt L.L. Bean camping lantern since thunderstorms had knocked out the power at 5:55 p.m.