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News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – The subject of road use and maintenance responsibilities led a second roundtable shale safety meeting between local and state officials, emergency forces and oil and gas representatives on Monday.

About 50 people representing Harrison and Jefferson counties, various townships, Harrison Hills City School District, emergency services, law enforcement, Ohio Department of Transportation and companies from Hess Corporation and MarkWest to Atlas and Chesapeake gathered at Puskarich Library for the latest monthly meeting headed by Sheriff Joe Myers. The sheriff created the sessions as a way to open a line of communication between the parties and maintain safety as traffic increases with the influx of energy-related activity.

A bulk of the nearly two-hour meeting was spent discussing road usage and the financial impact upon local government entities responsible for their upkeep. Township officials said the roads were adequate enough to handle current traffic but the constant traversing of heavier trucks created wear and the entities did not have the funds to keep up on their own.

Rumley Township Trustee Ron Raber had expressed concerns about pickup trucks that do not take designated routes, saying constant usage not only wears down the roads but also puts a big dent in local pocketbooks.

He said the state cut budgets and the smaller areas are struggling to maintain routes with less money. Others on hand said the alternate route being planned to Ohio 151 to accommodate the Utica East Ohio Buckeye Harrison Hub plant in Scio would alleviate much of the problem.

A full account of the roundtable can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison New-Herald.