The Lake Township Trustees heard from Joel Shodi from GAI Consultants about the Road User Maintenance Agreements (RUMA) in reference to the NEXUS gas pipeline project during their regular meeting May 23. 

Shodi told the board that he wanted to introduce himself and introduce his company’s role and the RUMA process. He said his company is an engineering company hired by NEXUS to talk with the various communities about the RUMAs. He also said he’s there to help put the agreements in place, to develop the contractor maps and to video tape the roads conditions after the project is completed in the area.

Shodi also said that preliminary reports show that 12 township roads for a total of 10 miles will be affected by the project.

NEXUS is seeking to build a 36-inch-diameter pipeline to carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Marcellus and Utica shales to users in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Canada. The path of the pipeline - which would begin in Columbiana County - would go from Marlboro Township into Lake Township and then into the city of Green.

OTHER ACTIONS:

n Passed a resolution to pay the bills as of May 23 in the amount of $66,463.

n Heard from Craig Wellspring that there has been 50 banners put up around the township in preparation for the yearlong bicentennial celebration activities beginning in June.

n Approved the purchase of a treadmill for the Uniontown Police Department at a cost of $1,900.

n Authorized the sale of two John Deere mowers to Perry Township for $5,000 each. Board President John Arnold said the township had the mowers evaluated and appraised to come a fair market value.

n Authorized the publication of notice for bids for the 2016 Paving Plan. Bids will be opened at 6:30 p.m., June 13.

n Declared a nuisance at 11015 Oasis Ave. NE due to owner’s maintenance of vegetation, garbage and other debris. The owner has seven days after receiving a certified notice to clean the property or the township will do so and bill the owner.

UP NEXT: The next Board meeting is 6:30 p.m., June 13, at the Township Hall.