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Momentum officials visit Leesville council

By Jacquie Humphrey
FPS Correspondent

Representatives from the company that plans to construct a natural gas processing facility near Leesville met with members of village council last week.

At a standing room only meeting, Joe Giles and Rex Gage, representatives of Momentum, a partner in the Utica East Ohio venture, addressed those present regarding the project, which includes the construction of cryogenic plant.

Village resident Joe Perko said 94 acres have been purchased by Momentum for the construction of a state-of-the art cryogenic processing facility. The plant will remove natural gas liquids, such as propane and butane, from the gas stream. Perko asked the pair how much of the 94 acres the plant would actually occupy.

“The actual footprint of the completed plant will be much smaller than the 94 acres but some of the space will be used for storage,” replied Gage.

The 94-acre tract is located at 8349 Azalea Rd., Dennison, and was purchased from the Mabel A. Leeper Living Trust for $610,000.

Curt Richrath and Neal Taylor of Labor’s Local Union 1015 were present to ask if Momentum intends to hire locally. Giles noted contracting is expected to begin within the next couple of months and will be bid locally, if workers are qualified.

He said Momentum’s goal is to hire 50 percent of their work force locally and so far, with other Ohio projects, have seen a success rate of up to 62 percent.

Josh Walker, representing the Leesville Volunteer Fire Department, inquired if safety personnel for the plant will interact with local first responders.

Giles said the company will meet with local emergency responders regarding safety issues but will ultimately be expected to work on the perimeter should an emergency occur. The plant will have an independent, internal system.
Perko asked about the possibility of the plant hooking onto the village’s proposed sanitary sewer system. Giles said t he complex is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2014 and will most likely have developed an independent system prior to the construction of Leesville’s. 

Upon its completion, the Leesville complex will have 20-25 permanent employees and will operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. This facility will be computer controlled and highly automated.

In other business, council:
LEARNED from Fiscal Officer Sally Bernhart the DSL internet service has been installed.

-GRANTED permission for Bernhart to attend the Local Government Conference April 4 and 5.

-APPROVED spending up to $150 for two ton of cold patch for Green Street and other locations.

-LEARNED from Solicitor Jason Jackson the title search for property on Market Street is complete and no easement exists.

-SCHEDULED the next regular meeting April 9 at 7 p.m. in village hall.

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