Fairfield trustees hold off on new RUMAs for gas lines

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP – Trustee held off approving 10 miles in road use maintenance agreements (RUMAs) for 11 roads for the Hickory Bend oil and gas line project but approved culvert right-of-way permit applications for 13 roads in the path of the pipeline on Thursday.

It also will allow Bluegrass Pipeline to conduct an environmental study to lay a 20-inch natural gas pipeline through the township that will be part of a line extending from Pennsylvania to the Texas shore.

Donald Stephanik of Gia Consultants representing oil and gas pipeline interests got part of what he wanted in the culvert permit applications but Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said he was apprehensive about approving the RUMAs on such short notice.

“I haven’t had a chance to look at it,” Hum said, adding he didn’t anticipate any problems.

Trustees approved the right-of-way permit applications for Hatcher, Signal, Kirk, Old Creek, Woodville (revised), Lower Elkton, Lodge Road (revised) and Bull run which will allow pipeline companies to work in the township’s right-of-way.

Stephanik said the pipeline will travel cross country from Salem Township in the southwest and move northeast through Fairfield Township.

The pipeline is expected to be placed in the ground beginning in July.

Trustees approved an environmental study by Bluegrass Pipeline on 15 acre “corner parcel” near Kelly Park and Fairfield School roads.

Tim Kotzman made the request noting the study would run from May 15 through August 15. He asked for permission to be out walking at night and trustees approved the request.

Bloomberg.com reported in March that Williams and Boardwalk “agreed to develop a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids” from the Northeast shale plays in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Texas and were looking to initially transport 200,000 barrels a day and upwards of 400,000 barrels a day after 2015.

The companies are not affiliated with the Hickory Bend project.

In other business, trustees discussed the permits needed to bore and make open cuts on township property for the sanitary sewer lines and a forced main for the Columbiana waste water treatment plant.

That project is expected to begin in November after bids are awarded.

Hum said he didn’t want to see Metz Road, where an open cut will be made, “become Southern Boulevard.

Trustee Barry Miner was concerned about road closings which will be handled by one-lane traffic.

In other business, as is customary, trustees approved two bids for purchasing slag and hauling it for the summer road program.

That allows Road Supervisor Mel Miller to purchase what he needs when he needs it.

Trustee also approved a purchase order for $3,000 in culvert material; a purchase order for two tires for the Case 895 at Columbiana Tire Sales not to exceed $500; and decided to go ahead with an industrial appraisal of township property.

It also authorized Miller to submit an application for line stripping to the county engineer and Yankee Clipper for estimates.

Also, Miller reported that 265 tires were collected on Thursday during the tire drive. There were 183 collected in 2012 and 285 in 2011.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net