Salem trustees concerned about state of roads

FRANKLIN SQUARE – Trustee John Wilms asked the other two Salem Township trustees if it was OK with them that he contacted Access Midstream about its plan to get Salem Township roads back in shape after their right-of-way work.

On Wednesday, Wilms they need the get their roads back in shape and Trustee Chairman Bill Heston noted that he met with Access Midstream people a couple of months ago and they gave the impression “they would get back right away with a plan.”

The Oklahoma City-based company has been laying gathering line for Utica oil and gas wells that have been drilled and last month trustees said they were concerned about the condition of some roads the township is responsible for.

Wilms said the roads were never fixed and the company is done running on township roads.

He met with no objections from the other trustees and said he will contact the company.

In other business, Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said the Columbiana County Township Association steering committee will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 13.

That date and time are in conflict with the next regular township meeting which trustees rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 13.

Also, trustees approved the purchase of a hydraulic jackhammer for the road department from a private owner in Valencia, Pa. for $1,500; and Heston commended Cathy Wilms for negotiating the slag price down one dollar per ton for the chip and seal program.

“She saved us a lot of money,” Heston said and Trustee Ray Heddleson commended the road department for “the good job it’s doing on the mowing.”

Also, the township approved an $8,056 insurance premium for OTARMA for all-encompassing insurance and will hold a lunch and learn meeting on Aug. 13 with its Anthem insurance agent.