Harrison commissioners OK Kokosing agreement

CADIZ The Harrison County Commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved agreement 49-12, granting Kokosing Construction Co., Inc. of Westerville, Ohio to represent the county and undertake the marketing and sales of water development from the Piedmont complex, as well as planning, design, financing and construction of water well, water nodes and other infrastructure necessary for the collection, delivery and/or distribution.

According to the terms of the agreement, Kokosing will pay for the entire project and initially collect the primary share of 70 percent of raw water revenue for reimbursement of the cost of work for water well development until they are fully reimbursed with the county collecting 30 percent.

Once the company has recouped its investment, the primary share will be allocated to the county. This allocation of revenue will remain in effect for future water sales on the contract which will cover a period of 15 years.

Kokosing will now have exclusive rights to all water in excess of the needs for the municipal water supply from the Piedmont site. It will determine the sale price and provide the county with a total cost for the project, monthly water withdrawal reports and accounting reports.

Commissioners emphasized there is no financial risk to the county and anticipated primary sales clients are shale drilling companies. The blanket agreement includes all water sources and other county raw water resources may be added to the agreement by future amendment.

Doug Crabtree, representing County Engineer Rob Sterling, brought two resolutions to the board for approval. Resolution 19-12 authorized the engineer to act as the county representative for the yearly application process for Ohio Public Works grants. Crabtree reported that the funds from the grant were sued to pave county roads and repair bridges this year and several paving and bridge projects are lasted for the 2013 funds.

Crabtree also asked commissioners to approve agreement 20-12 authorizing Washington Township to implement and enforce a frost law for the township road and bridges.

“With the increased truck traffic we feel this is a necessary step to protect our roads from overloaded vehicles,” Crabtree said. “The frost law will decrease load limits for roads and bridges by 50 percent from November 1 to April 30.”

Crabtree also announced that the CR 10 improvement project near Freeport was nearing completion and that the construction had made a “huge improvement” in the section of roadway leading to the Vail Mine. He also stated that there was a pile of coal at the entrance to the facility which he determined to signify that the facility was in production.

Commissioners invited Lorna Bower of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency for an update on the local area regarding the recent storm.

“We dodged the bullet this time,” said Bower. “We were in contact with the National Weather Service and they lifted all of the flood and wind warnings for our area because the storm was not as bad as initially anticipated.”

Bower assured the board that the county has plans in place to activate emergency procedures and open shelters in the event an emergency occurs in the county.

In other business; Agreement 50-12was approved with American Electric Power for the easement connecting the MarkWest plant with current transmission lines.

The board approved agreement 51-12 with Maximus Consulting renewing the contract cost allocation for rent charged in the court house and government center for $6900.

Palmer may be erached at mpalmer@tiemsleaderonline.com