Paying to Repair Belmont Roads

Perhaps village officials in Belmont can solve two problems at once.

One challenge, as outlined during a village council meeting last week, is repairing some badly damaged streets and roads in Belmont. Much of the damage was caused by oil and gas industry trucks, it was stated during the meeting.

Only one of them has responded to letters seeking help in making repairs, Mayor Stan Sobel said. Good for EQT for their officials’ attitude.

But another concern is trucks using streets from which such vehicles have been banned. Some of the trucks have run onto Belmont residents’ yards, damaging them.

If village ordinances prohibit use of some streets by large trucks — and the bans are noted on prominently posted signs — why not step up enforcement of the rules? Why not fine the drivers and/or trucking companies involved?

That could net a substantial amount of money for use in repairing roads and streets.

East Ohio residents have welcomed the energy industry with open arms. But there has to be some reciprocation in the form of taking responsibility for damage to roads. EQT officials seem to understand that.

As for the other firms, Belmont may be a good place for local officials to make the companies’ responsibilities clear by requiring that village limits on large trucks be obeyed.

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