County Engineer Wants Public Opinion

by Jennifer Bullock on March 28, 2012 at 6:43 am

With the potential of oil and shale drilling in our area, some concerns have surfaced as to how this will affect the roadways…

The Muskingum County Engineer’s Office is calling a meeting to discuss the possibility of permits for the heavy-load trucks associated with the drilling. Engineer Doug Davis said he wants to make sure everyone is on the same page.

"We know we need to put some restrictions on the people that are coming to our community, the heavy-hauling permits that’s going to need to be processed, and how they’re to be processed. I don’t want to put a burden on any of our local companies, but at the same time, I have to have some kind of rules."

Davis said this is the first time that he knows of, in which the county engineer has held a public forum. He said because this affects the community, he wants the community’s opinion.

"I want the public’s input in this meeting to decide, how should we do that. I’m just the engineer. I’m the one that’s going to try to keep the road up-to-date, if the roads fall apart, I want the public to know why they’re falling apart."

The meeting takes place April 4th at 7 p.m. at the Muskingum County Welcome Center.