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Commissioners hear dumping complaint

September 13, 2012
Robert A. DeFrank - Staff Writer , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Belmont County Commissioners looked to the state of infrastructure and operations during Wednesday's meeting.

Commissioners heard from a resident of Chermont Road in the Bridgeport area about a neighbor's alleged illegal dumping on the neighbor's property and on unclaimed property. The dispute has been ongoing since the 1990s. The majority of material has been plaster and lathe and there has been burning reported near the creek bed.

One issue is the possible contamination of the creek. The waterway has been cleaned out often due to hazards of downstream flooding.

Officials are aware of the matter and are looking into it. The complaints are on record at the county and the resident is looking into litigation.

In other matters, a new fracking water facility has been established on Ohio 800 in the Barnesville area and will be up and running soon. Commissioners noted some concerns about the lack of compensation for the dumping of out of state waste and water.

"We receive nothing on that fracking water. Actually we receive no more severance tax and we are the counties that are the producers of the natural gas. That's a fight that we are fighting," said Commissioner Matt Coffland.

County Auditor Andrew Sutak agreed that fracking water disposal offers no benefit to the county.

"We receive no funding from the number of barrels that are put into our county's grounds, but the state does reap the benefit of that," he said, adding that the county must also look to the future environmental consequences of that storage. He said he hoped the EPA guidelines are secure and that they are met.

Commissioners motioned to authorize the clerk of the board to establish a date and time for a subdivision hearing regarding the Plat of Hidden Springs, Sixth Addition in Richland Township and proceed with required notifications.

Commissioners motioned to enter into contract with the Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co. on behalf of the Belmont County Engineer in the amount of $75,145 for the Deep Run Road project.

Commissioners authorized the clerk to establish a date and time for a subdivision hearing regarding a setback variance request for Ohio Riverview Estates in Pultney Township. The developer is requesting to reduce the current 30-foot building setback to 19.5 feet in the subdivision.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK

Times Leader Staff Writer

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Belmont County Commissioners looked to the state of infrastructure and operations during Wednesday's meeting.

Commissioners heard from a resident of Chermont Road in the Bridgeport area about a neighbor's alleged illegal dumping on the neighbor's property and on unclaimed property. The dispute has been ongoing since the 1990s. The majority of material has been plaster and lathe and there has been burning reported near the creek bed.

One issue is the possible contamination of the creek. The waterway has been cleaned out often due to hazards of downstream flooding.

Officials are aware of the matter and are looking into it. The complaints are on record at the county and the resident is looking into litigation.

In other matters, a new fracking water facility has been established on Ohio 800 in the Barnesville area and will be up and running soon. Commissioners noted some concerns about the lack of compensation for the dumping of out of state waste and water.

"We receive nothing on that fracking water. Actually we receive no more severance tax and we are the counties that are the producers of the natural gas. That's a fight that we are fighting," said Commissioner Matt Coffland.

County Auditor Andrew Sutak agreed that fracking water disposal offers no benefit to the county.

"We receive no funding from the number of barrels that are put into our county's grounds, but the state does reap the benefit of that," he said, adding that the county must also look to the future environmental consequences of that storage. He said he hoped the EPA guidelines are secure and that they are met.

Commissioners motioned to authorize the clerk of the board to establish a date and time for a subdivision hearing regarding the Plat of Hidden Springs, Sixth Addition in Richland Township and proceed with required notifications.

Commissioners motioned to enter into contract with the Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co. on behalf of the Belmont County Engineer in the amount of $75,145 for the Deep Run Road project.

Commissioners authorized the clerk to establish a date and time for a subdivision hearing regarding a setback variance request for Ohio Riverview Estates in Pultney Township. The developer is requesting to reduce the current 30-foot building setback to 19.5 feet in the subdivision.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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