Salem trustees approached for pipeline RUMA

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Trustees said Wednesday a road use maintenance agreement (RUMA) on Lodge and Miller roads in Salem Township for a section of the Pennant Midstream pipeline would need approval of the county prosecutor and county engineer’s office.

The portion of Miller Road is also in Center Township.

David Myers, an engineer with Dawood Engineers, Planners and Surveyors, said the 16-inch liquid natural gas line will go to the Kensington plant as part of the Hickory Bend Pipeline.

It will cross Lodge Road and move to state Route 164.

Trustee Chairman Bill Heston said, “If you’re going to use these roads, you’ll have to come up with a RUMA like the oil companies use.”

Heston said that from the Grubbs well site it goes south and Trustee John Wilms asked, “What route would be good for you?”

Myers said Lodge Road goes to Route 164 across Leetonia Road to 164 and he was advised that Miller Road is half in Salem and Center townships and they would need a RUMA through both.

Wilms wondered about truck traffic and Myers said, “I can tell you they move pretty fast … they’ll drop pipe and move on …”

Heston said Salem Township disallowed open bores and Wilms asked if the RUMA area will be photographed.

Heston said the township wants to meet with company officials “on the road.”

Myers said Pennant Midstream wanted to build the line in the spring and expected to have RUMA paperwork in time for the trustees second meeting in February.

That meeting was changed to 9 a.m. Feb. 26 because of a meeting conflict that night.

The first regular township meeting, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 12, was also changed to 9 a.m. Feb. 11.

In other business, the Ohio Department of Transportation certified the township mileage at 42.27 miles; the Leetonia fire department sent its fourth quarter report to the township for review; the township received a letter from the county prosecutor’s office advising it the $50 excavation fee it charges is set by state law and can’t be increased.

Also, Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms read a letter from Leetonia School Superintendent R.B. Mehno commending Constable Dan Valentine for helping to organize and train teachers, administrators and support staff members on ways to keep students safe from intruders, identify drugs and recognize neglect or abuse.

In other business, trustees approved purchase order for supplies for the fiscal officer and for pump motors for road department equipment.