GREEN Green officials are continuing the fight to reroute the NEXUS Pipeline away from the city.
During the Feb. 7 council meeting, council entered into an agreement with law firm Frost Brown Todd for legal services to help fight the location of the NEXUS Pipeline. The contract, not to exceed $10,000, will help the city evaluate and present recommendations and legal options to oppose the piprline's location.
The proposed 256-mile gas transmission pipeline is slated to begin in Columbiana County and carry Marcellus and Utica gas to Michigan and Canada. Locally, its route would go through northern Stark County, into the city of Green and then through New Franklin and the Portage Lakes area before eventually entering into Medina County near Wadsworth.
Green officials, citing environmental concerns and a study that shows the pipeline will have a negative $120 million impact on the city, has been seeking to get the pipeline rerouted through sparsley populated southern Stark County.
Councilman Justin Speight encouraged council to move forward on the legislation on first reading instead of waiting to pass it in three weeks at the next council meeting.
"To get the opportunity to be proactive against NEXUS and reroute this pipeline I think is in the best interest," Councilman Bob Young said.
Late in 2016, staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recommended the pipeline continue without being rerouted. However, FERC Commissioner Norman Bay resigned on Feb. 3. Bay's departure brings the five-member FERC Commission to just two members. The commission needs at least three members to conduct business, meaning the NEXUS pipeline recommended route can't be voted on until Bay's replacement is named.
The new commissioner also will have to be confirmed by Congress.
In other business Feb. 7, council:
- Approved a contract with Burgess & Niple for professional engineering services for the Massillon Road north improvement project.
- Approved to enter into an agreement with Summit County for a pavement maintenance project. The agreement is for road stripping and a way the city can save money by going through the county program.
- Held a public hearing for establishing a street lighting district for the Lakes of Green Phase II. There are 39 lots and 13 street lights are expected to be installed with the cost to operate the lights being assessed to property owners.
- Presented an award to Les Kuglics for his four years of service on the parks and recreation board.
- Announced a public hearing will take place at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 28 regarding changing the zoning classification of 3.3 acres of land located on the west side of Massillon Road south of Wise Road from R-1 (single family residential) to B-3 (neighborhood business) and 1.4 acres of adjacent land from B-1 (general business) to B-3 (neighborhood business).
The next Green City Council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at City Hall, 1755 Town Park Blvd.