By LARRY SHIELDS
FRANKLIN SQUARE - With the ground thawing, pipeline companies installing cross-country gathering pipelines are leaving mud at road crossings in Salem Township.
Trustees discussed the issue at Wednesday's meeting after residents on McCracken Road, near the Mueller wellsite, complained.
Trustee John Wilms said he has received complaint calls and expected it was just beginning with the ground thawing.
"I don't know what they're doing out there, but they're irritating people," Road Supervisor Jason Entrikin said.
"I really don't know what to do. I talked to the foreman."
Wilms said, "They're all connected to the RUMA (road use maintenance agreement) ... who's on the RUMA? We'll look for a rep ... we might have to have Dan (Constable Dan Valentine) talk to them."
Valentine said, "I can go out and talk to them and tell them they can't put mud on the road ... even if they have to keep a broom there."
Wilms suggested the traffic control signal person could handle the broom.
Wilms said, "We knew it was going to be a bad season. What are you going to do? All we can do is hope the RUMA works." He added they have to keep peace with the neighbors.
In other business, trustees approved the use of the baseball field for a group from Leetonia after Fiscal Officer Cathy Wilms said the township received a certificate of liability insurance from them.
Trustees also discussed replacement of a section of guardrail on Eagleton Road that was damaged by a traffic accident, noting it belonged to the county.
John Wilms said he tried calling the county engineer's office a couple of times.
In other business, Cathy Wilms said that the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority (OTARMA) will again distribute $1 million to members but the township won't see its portion until renewing its policy in July.
Trustees will meet with the county engineer regarding the 2014 chip and seal road program and expects to cover about 4.1 miles; and a RUMA for an upcoming Cardinal Gas gathering line for 0.13 miles on West Street was still under review by the county engineer.
Also, in other business, Valentine said his cruiser, with 67,000 miles on it, has been acting up and requested the OK to have it checked at Steve's Auto in Washingtonville.
"I have no idea what it is," Valentine said, noting it's been running rough and shaking.
John Wilms said if Steve's Auto was qualified and Valentine was happy with him, to take it there.
In other business, Entrikin said the No. 3 truck was out for a tune-up and still at the repair shop.
He said a problem with the transmission can't be fixed there and it needed factory service in Hubbard at the Detroit-Allison shop.
Trustee Chairman Bill Heston said, "We need to get it fixed" and Wilms agreed.
Entrikin also requested road fuel, about 2,000 gallons, and Trustee Ray Heddleson said the road department "has been out a lot."
Entrikin also requested money to put a floor on the big trailer and two tires at a cost of $167 each.