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Pipeline easement agreements are OK’d in Harrison

September 20, 2012
By MIKE PALMER - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - Harrison County commissioners met Wednesday with Nate Laps, land agent for MarkWest Midstream & Resources, for a second round of pipeline easement agreements.

The commissioners signed the initial easement on Aug. 31 granting permission for a gas pipeline across the county property at the industrial park.

The agreement was for an additional parcel located within the industrial park for 2,000 feet and one north of the facility for the additional pipeline designated the Harrison North Line for an additional 200 feet of easement.

The two 75-foot right-of-ways will extend a total of 4,000 feet, and MarkWest agreed to pay $18,000 and an additional $82,000 for damages bringing the total agreement to $100,000.

Another agreement specified the amount and location of the two right-of-ways and stated any additional pipelines planned for the right-of-ways will be added at a cost of $60,000 per line.

In other matters, Doug Crabtree representing the county engineer's office told board members the county had not been included in the state bids for road salt this year and as a result, Harrison County must solicit bids for salt independently.

Commissioners approved the engineer's request, and sealed bids must be submitted to the county commissioners' office by Oct. 10.

Crabtree also sought board approval for the placement of a three-way stop sign on an intersection in the unincorporated area of Conotton.

He submitted plans from Atwell which illustrated the proposed temporary improvements and stop sign locations for the intersection of county Road 25 and North Township Road 581.

Crabtree told commissioners the intersection is located just south of the railroad tracks, and while it is not far from the stop sign intersection on state Route 151, he believes the stop signs are "necessary for the safety of the traffic flow in the area and the residents of Harrison County."

Crabtree also brought two road-use agreements for the MarkWest pipeline construction projects. One agreement is between Harrison County and the Ohio Gathering company, a subsidiary of MarkWest, for one mile of county Road 21 in Nottingham Township.

The second will cover .008 mile of county Road 60, 1.82 mile of county Road 54 and 0.6 mi. of county Road 1 to pick up the Gulfport Area Lake Wells trunk line.

In other business, the commissioners:

Approved an addendum to an agreement for a contract with Physio Control Inc.

Approved an appropriation increase from the county County Improvement Corp. Revolving Loan for $125,164, which is earmarked for paying the count Road 10 paving project invoice.

Approved a request for $300 into the county sheriff's department's D.A.R.E. account.

Noted Commissioner Don Bethel was appointed to the EODA board from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014.

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