Salem Twp. officials to meet engineers

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Salem township officials are expected to meet with engineers and contractors regarding the road use management agreement (RUMA) to the Mangus well site on Butcher Road today.

Trustee John Wilms said after Wednesday’s regular township meeting that a meeting set for Wednesday morning had been canceled.

Chesapeake Exploration LLC owns the rights to drill six wells in the 37000 block of Butcher Road and access to the site, located in Salem Township, requires use of Egypt Road from state Route 14 in Green Township.

Last month, both Green and Salem townships approved RUMAs with Chesapeake Exploration.

The Green Township RUMA is on a four-tenths of a mile section of Egypt Road from state Route 14 and was approved pending a $100,000 bond.

That section of Green Township road ends and Salem Township’s begins right about where the spring water fill-up station is located.

The combined distance for the RUMAs from Route 14 to the well-site is approximately 1.5 miles.

Trustees expect to discuss details regarding what will be done to the road and get an idea of when paving begins.

In other business, trustees approved the purchase of 1,500 tons of slag from City Stone at $23.50 a ton and OK’d purchase orders for hydraulic fluid and fuel for the road department.

Trustees also approved a $1.50 per hour pay increase for road department employee Erik Saska and a 50-cent an hour raise for Road Supervisor Jason Entrikin.

Trustee Bill Heston said he thought the raises were important and said both did a “good job.” Heston said a dollar of Saska’s raise was a merit raise while the other 50 cents was a general raise.

Heston also wanted thank the Washingtonville VFW and the Leetonia American Legion Post for providing flags over the Memorial Day holiday for the township cemeteries.

Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said she would prepare that correspondence.

Wilms said the township received a letter for Leetonia School Superintendent R.B. Mehno thanking it for organizing the drug search on the school campus on May 10.

No drugs were found.

Trustees also discussed breaking up large sections of concrete roadway the township receives from the rebuilding of the bridge spanning state Route 11 east of Leetonia. The township breaks the concrete down and uses is for rip-rap along creek banks.

Trustees also discussed mowing and and John Wilms said they needed to get to the intersections with blind spots.

Also, Cathy Wilms said the paperwork for the northwest fire district levy, set for the November ballot, was submitted to the board of elections; and state Rep. Nick Barborak advised the township of a new website called RULEOhio; and the township received a sales/service announcement from Belmont Petroleum, a new company in the area based in Bridgeport.

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