NW trustees give update on improvements

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP – Road Supervisor Mel Miller advised trustees that Central Allied began work on improvements at the Buckeye Realty Transfer facility on Oct. 30.

During Thursday’s meeting, Miller said excavation was completed on both sides of the Esterly Drive and concrete was poured.

A quarter of a million dollars in improvements are planned with all the money coming from the state.

The Buckeye Transfer hub handles trainloads of fracking sand and plans to build a transloading station to transfer oil and condensate from trucks to railroad cars, store pipe and eventually recycle frack water on the site.

Located at the former National Refractories, the 95-acre tract has quick rail access and state Route 11 stands adjacent to it.

The road stabilization is complete while Millelr noted Esterly Drive had a soft spot that he said was excavated out and filled with “really granular” material and “you could see the wetness” filling in.

All the rain contributed to the problem and Trustee Barry Miner said if there was a soft spot there it was something Central Allied had to take care of.

Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster asked, “They need to assume the expense?”

Miner said, “yes,” and Miller said everyone was on the same page.

“Everyone knows it needs to be done,” he said.

Central Allied was the low bidder on the 1.5-miles of roadway improvements at the Buckeye Transfer facility at $288,916, but that was about $40,000 short.

Miner played a major role in securing $250,000 from the state and once the shortage was realized he spearheaded work to obtain an addition $39,000 from the governor’s Office of Appalachia that is administered through the Ohio Mid-Eastern Government Association (OMEGA).

On Thursday, trustees authorized Miner to sign the forms for the grant.

The next step is a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Nov 21 on the closing of the rail grade crossing at Esterly Drive to vehicle traffic.

In other business, Miner said he would check into on-site training classes offered by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services regarding the state co-op purchasing program.

There are hundreds of training classes and Miner said he will call to see where the classes will be.

“Maybe Mel and I can attend,” he said.

Trustees also approveed health coverage group life, short-term disability and dental and vision insurance with individual votes and Hoffmaster said they will continue with the “same thing we’ve had before.”

In his road department report, Miller said a tree that had fallen on Short Road was cleared away and several dead trees were taken down on old state Route 14; a catch basin was installed on Metz Road; several pieces of equipment were pressure washed and put away for the winter; and the October sign inspection was completed.