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Harrison OKs water project agreement

November 1, 2012
By MIKE PALMER - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - The Harrison County commissioners approved an agreement on Wednesday granting Kokosing Construction Co. of Westserville the right to represent the county and oversee marketing and sales of water development at the Piedmont complex.

The agreement also calls for the planning, design, financing and construction of a water well, water nodes and other infrastructure necessary for the collection, delivery and distribution.

According to the terms of the agreement, Kokosing will pay for the project and initially collect the primary share of 70 percent of raw water revenue for reimbursement of the cost of work for water well development until fully reimbursed, with the county collecting 30 percent.

Once the company has recouped its investment, the primary share will be allocated to the county. This allocation of revenue will remain in effect for future water sales on the contract, which will cover a period of 15 years, officials said.

Kokosing will have exclusive rights to all water in the municipal water supply from the Piedmont site. Company officials will determine the sale price and provide the county with a total cost for the project, monthly water withdrawal reports and accounting reports.

Commissioners emphasized there is no financial risk to the county and anticipated primary sales clients are shale drilling companies.

In other matters, Doug Crabtree, representing county engineer Rob Sterling, brought two resolutions to the board for approval.

One resolution authorizes the engineer to act as the county representative for the yearly application process for Ohio Public Works grants.

Crabtree reported the funds from the grant were used to pave county roads and repair bridges this year, and several paving and bridge projects are planned for the 2013 funds.

Crabtree also asked commissioners to approve an agreement authorizing Washington Township to implement and enforce a frost law for the township roads and bridges.

"With the increased truck traffic, we feel this is a necessary step to protect our roads from overloaded vehicles," Crabtree said. "The frost law will decrease load limits for roads and bridges by 50 percent from Nov. 1 to April 30."

Crabtree also announced the county Road 10 improvement project near Freeport is nearing completion and the construction had made a "huge improvement" in the section of roadway leading to the Vail Mine. He also stated there is a pile of coal at the entrance to the facility, which he said signifies the facility is in production.

In other business, commissioners:

Invited Lorna Bower of the county Emergency Management Agency to update them on recent storm's impact on the local area.

"We dodged the bullet this time," said Bower. "We were in contact with the National Weather Service and they lifted all of the flood and wind warnings for our area because the storm was not as bad as initially anticipated."

Bower noted the county has plans in place to activate emergency procedures and open shelters in the event an emergency occurs.

Approved an agreement with AEP for the easement connecting the MarkWest plant with current transmission lines.

Approved an agreement with Maximus Consulting renewing the contract cost allocation for rent charged at the courthouse and government center for $6,900.

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