Harrison County short on salt

CADIZ – Doug Crabtree, Harrison County Engineer’s Office business service officer, addressed the Harrison County commissioners Wednesday about the county highway department road salt shortage.

Crabtree said the county is out of rock salt but still has the brine mix of ashes.

“We currently have an order in for salt but are waiting on delivery but do not have a specific date for that,” he said.

“We are out working on the roads and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” Crabtree added. “It is cold out there but our crews are working as hard as they can to keep roads clear …”

Crabtree also presented the board with a previously tabled release request for a road-use management agreement with Hess. After an assurance from Hess that the road was covered by an overlapping agreement, the board agreed to the release.

A second RUMA, previously was tabled with American Electric Power, was approved after a letter omitted from the initial documentation detailing a contract with Superior Paving to complete repairs and paving when the weather breaks was added. The agreement is for roads in Green, German, Archer and Rumley townships, includes 3 miles of county Road 17, 2.7 miles of county Road 35, 6 miles of county Road 51 known as Bakers Ridge and Amsterdam Road and 2 miles of county Road 46.

Crabtree also presented three RUMAs for vertical wells. Agreements with Eclipse Resources were overlapping contracts covering parts of county Road 2 for access and egress of the Miller-Heinz and Harbor-Kennedy-Duncan Unit 1 sites.

An agreement with RHDK Oil and Gas was approved with a pending approval of the county prosecutor for 2.7 miles of county Road 21 in Nottingham Township to access the Jay Patterson No. 3 well.

The board also approved an agreement giving 650 feet of right-of-way to MarkWest Ohio Gathering on .921 acres located in the industrial park for a sum of $19,500,

Karen Couch, director of Harrison County Rural Transit, requested financial assistance to purchase five new vehicles and software for the office.

Couch told the board that Rural Transit is reimbursed 80 percent of the software purchase, 83 percent of the cost for two new vehicles and 80 percent for the remaining three new vehicles.

She noted the money would be paid back in 30 to 45 days after the reimbursed funds were received by Rural Transit.

Harrison County Auditor Patrick Moore was consulted on the best method to conduct the advance to cover reimbursements. Moore suggested the commissioners extend a no-interest short-term loan to the transit department for the requested $173,640.

The board approved the loan.

The commissioners signed the lease with Lash Paving for the new location of the Cadiz asphalt plant.

The plant, currently located on the proposed site of MarkWest Energy’s rail yard, is being relocated to 8.52 acres behind the Mine Safety Training Center in the industrial park.

An agreement leases the property for $2,000 a month for a five-year period. Lash and the county are tentatively talking about purchasing the property in the future.

“We are very pleased that Lash paving has made the decision to remain in Harrison County,” said board chair Dale Norris. “We appreciate their cooperation in the process.”