Pipeline work to start in June

Residents can expect to see pipe arriving the second week of June if what Alan Schuck of GAI Consultants said is accurate.

After trustees approved a resolution for an amended road use maintenance agreement for roads in the pipeline path on Thursday, Schuck said Pennant Midstream is “hoping to start construction the second week of June” but he added “they just don’t know which end, southwest or northeast.”

They “may put crews at both ends” and work toward the middle, Schuck said adding they expect to conclude laying pipe in “less than a year.”

The pipeline, part of the Hickory Bend system, will cut clear across Fairfield Township, entering from Unity Township in the northeast and ending up in Salem Township on the southwestern edge.

Trustee Barry Miner said to Schuck, “We’re going to see increased traffic,” adding trustees are concerned.

“We’re a big piece of this,” Miner said, noting there is a pipe staging area where heavy equipment will be loading an unloading.

“It will impact a lot of our residents,” Miner said.

Trustees unanimously approved the RUMA with four changes and one that reduced the total mileage from 9.1 to 8.9 miles by eliminating Roberts Road and Woodville Road west to Roberts.

Schuck provided Road Supervisor Melvin Miller with 11 DVDs of the roads included in the RUMA.

Schuck said Pennant Midstream wanted flexibility while noting the county engineer’s office was OK with adjusting the agreement as problems occurred.

He said it was geared to allowing the circular movement of the extra traffic.

After the meeting, Miner said the township is to be informed by Pennant Midstream the week before construction begins.

In other business, trustees approved a resolution authorizing Michael Fagan of Olsavsky and Jaminet Architects from Youngstown to move ahead with plans to install new, high-insulated windows in the government building.

Fagan said it was part of the third option presented to the township and will provide the “highest R value” regarding insulation.

The building will keep the bank of windows on the road side operable while the windows on the other side will be fixed shut “for safety,” Fagan said, adding open windows will be visible from the road.

The building will retain the double-door front entry and Fagan said trustees can address ADA issues when they decide implement further upgrades later.

The resolution also approved paying Olsavsky and Jaminet Architects $6,250 to follow through from letting bids, approving them and overseeing the project to its conclusion.

Miner asked about a timetable and Fagan placed a two month period on the design, one month for bids and permits and estimated construction time at four to five months, mainly due to ordering the right windows.

He said color could be considered later.

Also trustees passed a routine resolution excluding the city of Salem from the alternate apportionment of LGF money and Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said they needed a contract with the New Waterford Fire Department.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net