County learns of pipeline

STEUBENVILLE -The Jefferson County commissioners learned Thursday about a $200 million pipeline project that will run from northern Monroe County through Belmont County to northern Jefferson County.

Representatives of PVR Partners of Pennsylvania told the commissioners the company is in the process of obtaining rights of way from residents. Jim Scandoia, a PVR vice president, said the company will spend about $7 million on rights of way along the 55-mile pipeline.

He pledged to use local businesses, suppliers and trade workers on the project. Scandoia said about 400 construction workers will be needed to build the pipeline.

Kevin Roberts, PVR manager of environmental compliance, said the pipeline will gather natural gas from Hess along the length of the 24-inch wide pipeline. He said smaller pipelines will be installed to gather the gas from wells.

Roberts said construction is expected to start in middle of 2014, with the line being placed in service in 2015.

Roberts said the company started in Williamsport, Pa., and has grown to 60 workers at the office.

Commissioners urged PVR to hire local workers during the construction.

In other matters, commissioners were informed by Michael Eroshevich of the county water and sewer department that Rudzik Excavating of Struthers has returned to finish yard restoration work on the Crestview-Belvedere sewer project outside Bloomingdale.

Eroshevich said a paving contractor has been hired to repair roads damaged during construction of the sewer system.

Commissioner Thomas Graham said the prosecutor’s office is working on a resolution for a motel tax in areas of the county outside of Steubenville. Commissioner Dave Maple, who owns a bed and breakfast, said he supports the motel tax even though it may have an impact on his business.

Commissioner Tom Gentile said he wants representatives of the county veterans services commission to be at next week’s commission meeting to explain why the veterans services commission purchased new desks. Commissioners offered to give the veterans services commission used desks.

Commissioners also:

– Were informed by county Engineer James Branagan of a road use maintenance agreement with Hess for a new well site in Wells Township. The haul roads will be county Roads 23 and 26 and Wayne Township Road 212. The roads will be improved prior to work beginning.

– Approved the engineer’s department purchase of a new pickup truck for $22,383 through the state purchasing program.

– Opened three bids on behalf of the county engineer’s department for striping of 206 miles of yellow center line and 7 miles of white edge markings. The estimate was $89,850. Aero-Mark Inc. of Streetsboro had the apparent low bid of $90,406.

– Approved a contract on behalf of county regional planning commission with the Ohio Valley Fair Housing Center, run by the City of Steubenville’s Fair Housing Commission, at a cost of $6,000 for fair housing services in the county.

– Reappointed John J. Mascio of Steubenville to a four-year term on the Eastern Ohio Correction Center governing board. Mascio has served on the board since the facility opened as a judge and retired judge.

– Entered into a contract with Maximus of Concord Township to recoup county money used on federal and state services through county agencies. The company has collected about $115,000 in the previous year. The contract costs $9,800.

– Received a $50,149 check from the County Risk Sharing Authority, the county’s insurance carrier, for damage done to hangars at the county airport during a storm in July.

– Proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Oct. 16 as Remembrance Day.