Trustees discuss status of energy project

WELLSVILLE–Representatives from South Field Energy attended Tuesday’s Yellow Creek Trustees meeting. John Coleman, project director and Joseph Gustat, assistant project manager, attended the meeting to update residents on the status of the energy plant.

Coleman reported the project is between 25 and 30 percent done. He also said they intend to bring on up to 1,000 skilled and unskilled laborers.

The current plans are to work primarily day shifts, but nights shifts for the crew will be available.

The two representatives from South Field also answered resident’s questions. Chuck Crews, who attended the last trustee meeting to let trustees know about the condition of 16 School Road, asked Coleman and Gustat what they can do about the destruction of the road caused by the water line Buckeye Water District, BWD, is putting in for South Field.

Coleman stated they will speak with BWD and reminded them it is their responsibility to restore the road back to the pre-project conditions if not better. He also told Crews it is in his best interest to attend BWD meetings and let the board know his complaints as well.

The trustees also asked the project managers to take action on the trucks that are following non-approved delivery routes through Yellow Creek. Currently, there are signs up informing the drivers not to use Crawford Road to deliver materials, however Crawford Road is still be used by construction related traffic.

Coleman said they will talk with Bechtel: Engineering, Construction & Project Management to discuss their options to stop construction traffic from driving on Crawford Road.

In other action, the board:

— The Ohio EPA will start removing the reported several thousand tires from the Taggart Hill property on Aug. 20, the removal is expected to take two to three days.

— Announced they still have not received a bid for the 1997 International truck with plow and spreader, and other options for the truck may be needed.

— Asked that residents do not put grass on the road when they mow their yards. The township is having issues with grass blocking drainage ditches and culvert pipes.

— Announced the township has two full-time employees now, Aaron Ice was moved from part-time to full-time. The trustees voted to pay Ice $22.50 an hour which is how the township is reimbursing him for his $800 a month insurance plan.

— Jeremiah Cole, Highlandtown Volunteer Fire Department attended the meeting to let residents know the fire department has red address signs with reflective numbers available for residents to purchase. The department charges $15 for residents who install the signs themselves or $20 if the department installs the sign. Cole also announced the department will install smoke inspectors for residents.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27.