Blue Racer Posts $1.5M Bond to Drill

Blue Racer Midstream has filed a $1.5 million blanket bond with the Belmont County Commission for use of designated county roads during drilling projects.

County commissioners Wednesday passed a motion to enter into a roadway use maintenance agreement with Blue Racer Midstream for the company’s use of 0.23 miles of Flushing North East Road during drilling at the Athens B Pipeline project. The motion indicates Blue Racer had filed a $1.5 million blanket bond with the county.

The project is one of many Blue Racer is undertaking in the county, and the $1.5 million bond assures county roads will be returned to their original state or improved once the drilling trucks complete operation, said Commissioner Ginny Favede.

Commissioners on Wednesday also officially awarded the bid for a guardrail project in the Fulton Hill Road area to the lowest bidder, the M.P. Dory Co. of Columbus, for a price of $219,760. The work provides for the placement of 2.5 miles of guardrail in eastern Belmont County, including Fulton Hill Road and Hospital Road in Bellaire, and Ferryview Road in Martins Ferry.

M.P. Dory initially submitted a bid of $219,985 to do the work – about $87,000 less than the engineer’s estimate. A mathematical error later was discovered, reducing the amount by another $225.

Commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Bellaire resident Codey St. John, 15, and his mother Amy had been slated to appear at the commission meeting for the proclamation. However, Codey St. John had a recurrence of the neuroblastoma cancer he has had since a toddler and he had to travel to New York City for surgery, commissioners said.

Following Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners helped cut the ribbon to open the Belmont County Fair taking place through Sunday at the county fair grounds. Commissioners will convene for a town hall meeting there at 10 a.m. Friday.

The next regular meeting of commissioners is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, and commissioners will not meet at their regular time of 9 a.m. on Wednesday. They instead will be traveling Wednesday to Akron to seek Transportation Review Advisory Council funds for the Mall Road connector project.