SALINEVILLE - Washington Township officials made it clear they want Chesapeake Energy Corp. to repair the damage to Steubenville Pike Road.
"We'd just like them to honor the contract and fix the road," said Trustee Jim Sevek. "People are tired of complaining. Quit talking and do it."
Svek described the road as "like driving through a mudhole," while Trustee Charles Jarvis described it as "like driving through cement."
Jarvis said the repairs need to happen soon because if another month passes it will be too late and the project will have to be put off until spring.
Sevek was able to show the business cards or other contact information for seven individuals he has contacted about repairing the road.
He said the energy company has previously worked on the road by grading and rolling the surface but that the repairs didn't last. He said company officials have promised to chip and seal the road's surface.
"They only work on it after I or someone else calls. They've graded and rolled it, but it doesn't hold up, that's why we want the chip and seal," he said.
According to a contract between the township and Chesapeake, "The Operator shall strengthen Washington Township Roads #776 and #879 as stone roads."
Sevek said the energy company has repaired Hazel Run Road and that it seems to be holding up.
The trustees also discussed a sink hole that has developed on Walnut Ridge road, right off State Route 644.
Trustee Pete Sambroak, Jr. said the sinkhole "isn't real big, but that they're worried about it getting bigger."
Sambroak said he is investigating the cause, and that he contacted the Buckeye Water District to see if it is leak related. He said the BWD came to the scene and said that it was not water related. He said the district marked a spot up the road from the sink hole, and that there might be some other explanation for its existence.
Also during the meeting:
* The trustees said there will be a budget hearing at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 25 in the Township Garage.
* Sevek said he attended a meeting concerning installing a railroad crossing guard at the tracks on Hazel Run Road, and that such an item may be coming sometime in the next year. "We all agreed it needed done," he said. "We'd like to have it on all the crossings, but they're only going to do it on this one."