Harrison County running short on salt

CADIZ – Harrison County Engineer’s Office Business Service Officer Doug Crabtree addressed the Harrison County board of commissioners Wednesday about the county highway department road salt shortage.

“Salt is in short supply,” Crabtree told the board that the county was indeed out of rock salt but still had 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.”

“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 and get them pushed back the best they can.”

Crabtree asked that drivers give the plows room when they encounter them during their commute.

The Engineer’s Office Business Service Officer also presented the board with a previously tabled release request for Agreement 13-12, a RUMA 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 which had been previously 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 to the paperwork. Agreement 14-14 for roads in Green, German, Archer and Rumley townships included 3 mi. of CR 17, 2.7 mi. of CR 35, 6 mi. of CR 51 known as Bakers Ridge and Amsterdam Road and 2 mi. of CR 46.

Crabtree also presented three RUMAs for vertical wells. Agreements 15-14 and 16-14 with Eclipse Resources were overlapping contracts covering 4,2 and 3.8 mi. of CR 2 for access and egress of the Miller-Heinz and Harbor-Kennedy-Duncan Unit one sites.

Agreement 17-14 with RHDK Oil and Gas was passed with a proviso pending approval of the county prosecutor for 2.7 mi. of CR 21 in Nottingham Twp. to access the Jay Patterson #3 well.

The board also approved agreement 12-14 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 appeared before the commissioners requesting 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.

The director told the board that 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 rural transit for the requested $173,640.

After a short discussion the board approved the loan.

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

The plant, which is 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. Agreement 13-14 leases the property for $2,000 a month for a five year period. Lash and the county are tentatively talking about a purchase of 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.”

Palmer may be reached at mpalmer@tiemsleaderonline.com