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Yellow Creek gets South Field update

WELLSVILLE–Representatives from South Field Energy attended Tuesday evening’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 announced the Ohio Department of Transportation, ODOT, has approved state Route 45 for the deliveries of South Field Energy Plant’s heavy equipment.

The equipment will be brought to Wellsville by train, where it will be loaded onto a truck to be driven on route 45 to the power plant’s construction site. The deliveries will begin in November and are expected to run through March. With these deliveries, the plant will receive its four generators, two gas turbines, two steam turbines, and the transformers for the generators, among other items.

Trustee Ken Biacco had spoken with ODOT to get an update on the state Route 45 road slip. Biacco said ODOT is still conducting an environmental study where the road slip occurred, and that ODOT hopes to start cleaning the slip up in 2020. Biacco was given the predictions of February at the earliest, but more realistically October.

Coleman said ODOT is willing to move the barricades and lights on 45 to have the equipment delivered, and if another slip were to occur ODOT would clean it up as quickly as they can to prevent delays in the energy plant’s construction.

Coleman also reported the plant is about 25 percent complete, and that the discharge pipeline is about 30 percent done. They plan to start building the 18 million gallon water reservoir next year, which will be used as a water reserve for the energy plant’s cooling towers.

In other action, the trustees:

— Held a moment of silence in memorial for Sept. 11, 2001.

— Announced they would like to start having construction committee meetings where the trustees meet with representatives from South Field Energy, Buckeye Water District and Bechtel: Engineering, Construction & Project Management to discuss the progress of the South Field Energy plant and any concerns the residents may have while construction continues.

— Trustee Glenn McKenzie announced he is resigning from the board for health reasons, his resignation is effective Oct. 24. They are looking into the legal protocol to fill McKenzie’s seat.

— A township resident who lives on Forbes Road complained about the manner in which the Buckeye Water District cut into the road to run a waterline for the South Field Energy Plant. The trustees responded they understand the residents’ frustration, but under the Ohio revised code Buckeye Water is within the company’s legal rights to open cut into the middle of the road.

— Resident Chuck Crews attended the meeting to update the trustees on the continued deterioration of Sixteenth School Road.

— Announced they are still looking into cost effective solutions to fix the township’s roads.

— Announced the proper paperwork is in to have ODOT put up “Welcome to Yellow Creek” signs.

— Motioned to drop the bid price from $10,000 to $8,000 for the 1997 International truck with plow and spreader.

— Announced they have received the township’s new John Deere Tractor back from the shop, both of the tractor’s transmission were replaced during its most recent repairs trip.

— Motioned to advertise the five year 2-mill levy renewal the township has on the Nov. 5 ballot. The levy is expected to raise approximately $72,200 annually for purchase and maintenance of road equipment.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24.

jriedel@reviewonline.com

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