MOUNT VERNON — A road use maintenance agreement will be under the microscope when commissioners, engineers and trustees from Knox and Licking counties meet Feb. 16 to discuss oversized trucks having access to roads in Knox County.
Two production wells are planned to be drilled in Morgan Township north of Utica, one being on Kirkpatrick Road and the other on Morgan Center Road. Both projects are horizontal wells for hydrofracking purposes. Knox County Engineer Jim Henry told the News that an agreement is being pursued with Devon Energy Production Co. which would permit heavy trucks to travel on county and township roads in the area while placing the responsibility of road maintenance on Devon Energy.
The first project on Kirkpatrick Road involves route travel in both Knox and Licking counties.
“We are in the process of developing an agreement that is acceptable with the Knox County prosecutor,” said Henry. “I asked the Morgan Township Trustees to draft a resolution authorizing the Knox County Engineer and the county commissioners to negotiate and to sign on behalf of the township trustees to do this road use maintenance agreement for them. And they did that.”
Henry is now attempting to get the Licking County Engineer to have his county’s township trustees do the same in giving commissioners’ authority in Knox County to sign on their behalf. “That way there would be one bond and one party signing,” said Henry.