Infrastructure company talks pipeline in Salem Twp., surrounding areas

FRANKLIN SQUARE – A representative for the Bluegrass Pipeline asked Salem Township trustees about its road use maintenance procedure (RUMA) on pipeline right-of-ways during Wednesday’s meeting.

Nancy Shallcross, a permitting assistant/agent for the company, said the RUMA won’t be used until next fall and it is for Grafton Road only. The request had included Roberts Road, but she was advised that road is in Fairfield Township.

The RUMA will facilitate laying an estimated 26.5 miles of 20-inch pipeline traveling from Unity Township in the northeast corner of Columbiana County through Fairfield, Salem, Center and Hanover townships to the northeastern tip of Franklin Township before entering Carroll County.

Shallcross asked if the road was blacked topped, its width and if trustees allowed a center cut or wanted it bored under.

Trustee John Wilms said it is black topped, about 20 feet wide and the township wanted it bored while advising the paperwork for the RUMA the township uses is with the county prosecutor’s office.

“I wanted to let you know we’re coming,” Shallcross said, “this is today. Nine months from now … we haven’t acquired the right-of-ways (yet).

“The start of construction isn’t planned until next September. The bulk of this is going to begin in 2015 with the big bores under rivers and interstates.”

Wilms said, “We think it’s a positive …”

In other business, trustees approved RUMAs for Chesapeake Energy for right-of-ways to move pipe.

Wilms said, “It’s basically for the roads used to place pipe,” adding Chesapeake already has RUMAs on them.

In other business, Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms asked trustees to approve a resolution for temporary appropriations for 2014 for $645,800 that included the ending balance for the Northwest Fire District; a resolution approving an intrafund transfer of $120; and approval for an incident investigation form from Nov. 26 for an insurance claim.

That covered the Nov. 26 accident in which the township’s 2008 Ford Explorer police cruiser was struck from behind causing $3,488 in damage. The township has a $500 deductible on its insurance.

Trustees purchased a 55 gallon drum of 15W-40 motor oil for the road department for $525.66.

It also purchased four new tires for the police cruiser for $400 from Newton’s in Columbiana.

Also, in correspondence, the county engineer certified the mileage for township roads at 42.27 miles.

Trustees will hold a reorganizational meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 31 and the next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8.