Commission OKs Roadway Use Pact

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County commissioners agreed Monday to enter into three roadway use and maintenance agreements to provide for natural gas drilling in the Boston Road area.

The first passed motion permits Gulfport Energy Corp. the use of 3.91 miles of County Road 128, also known as Boston Road, for the purpose of ingress and egress for drilling activity at the Amanda well site.

Gulfport recently spent more than $500,000 to pave and improve the road, so the county required no bond of the company, said Mike Wahl, deputy engineer for Belmont County. The two other agreements pertain to allowing Gulfport to use and maintain a bridge in the same area.

“They’re only going to use one – they’re not sure which one yet,” Wahl said.

Once the bridge is selected, Gulfport will widen the bridge to make it large enough to accommodate their trucks, he said. A new bridge will be constructed over the existing one.

“We’re just giving them permission to do the work,” he said.

During their short meeting Monday, commissioners officially hired three people to work in the commission office. The hirings were authorized through a motion passed last week.

Bonnie Zuzak and Jennifer Frankovich were hired as assistant clerks, while Julie Kloss will be employed as a switchboard operator/mail clerk/receptionist for the courthouse.

All three employees will start their jobs with a pay rate of $9 per hour, and are subject to a 120-day probationary period, commissioners said. Zuzak and Frankovich start Jan.6, while Kloss starts Jan. 13.

Commissioners will next meet at 10 a.m. Monday.