A road use maintenance agreement with Rover Pipeline that will “preserve” county and township roads was approved during the Wayne County commissioners’ regular, weekly business meeting on Nov. 30.
Rover has secured a $1 million bond to cover the repairs to any roads along the haul route. The agreement is with Rover and the county, plus any of the affected townships. The trustees were allowed to sign onto the RUMA as “owners,” giving them the same protections and rights as the county.
The agreement will allow Rover to bring in pipe and equipment over a dedicated route, and it will preserve county public and township public roads, Assistant Prosecutor Andrea Uhler said. Rover will take care of repairs and work with the Wayne County Engineer’s Office.
Larry Conn, manager of engineering services for the Engineer’s Office, said there are still a few details to be worked out, however, Rover representatives have agreed in principle.
Those items include:
“My understanding, through Andrea (Uhler), is that all will be submitted,” Conn told the commissioners.
“I want to thank Andrea for all of her time,” Commissioner Sue Smail said. “She spent many hours negotiating with Rover. I think the agreement will protect the roads.”
Commissioner Ann Obrecht thanked Conn for his cooperation with Uhler in reaching the agreement.
Rover expects to receive final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the end of the year or early 2017, Uhler said. Upon approval, Rover is expected to begin construction in the spring.
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