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RTIP considers grant to assist with US 30 project

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


MINERVA – Members of the RTIP (Regional Transportation Improvement Project) were pleased with steps taken to move closer to procuring funding for the expansion of US 30.  The project would provide the first four-lane highway in Carroll County and include a spur with direct links to Malvern and Carrollton.

The governing board met last week in Minerva to move forward with seeking requests for proposals (RFP’s) for a consultant to assist with the project. Discussion was held trying to determine if the group needed to seek specific criteria for a consultant or to use a broad spectrum and let the consultant give them their ideas to get the project going.

Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula said he thought the consultant should tailor the proposal to what is needed and cover what RTIP is going to do. 

Pending state mandate could mean heavier load of prisoners for county jails

 By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


CARROLLTON – Carroll County Commissioners discussed pending action by the state that would mandate all prisoners with felony five convictions be housed in county jails.

Initially, the county sheriff could receive a $150,000 grant to pay for the cost of housing, but there is no guarantee or plan in place to continue the grant to fund this new initiative.

“This is a precursor to mandatory housing to all counties and courts.  But there is also the expected plan that the funding for this will dry up and the counties will be left to find money to pay for the program,” said Commissioner Bob Wirkner.

Cookie bakers busy preparing for Mill Festival



Early morning cookie bakers at the Algonquin Mill Sept. 19 started their day baking peanut butter cookies. Shown putting the dough on trays are (clockwise from top left): Ann Lloyd, Deloris Kean, Michele Rutledge and Carole Wohlwend.

PETERSBURG – It’s cookie baking time at the Algonquin Mill. Volunteers are busy baking 10 different varieties of cookies for the annual Algonquin Mill Festival, scheduled Oct. 13, 14 and 15 at the farm, located on SR 332 in Petersburg.

Michele Rutledge, who heads up the cookie house, said Monday (the first day of baking) volunteers made 568.5 dozen cookies, including chocolate chip, M&M and peanut butter.

Tuesday’s baking included peanut butter, oatmeal and oatmeal raisin.

“Last year we had 1,175 dozen cookies and we were sold out by noon Sunday,” Rutledge noted. “The number of cookies we have is dependent on the number of volunteers who help bake.”

Rutledge has been heading up the Cookie House at the festival the past 15 years. Anyone who would like to volunteer, can contact her by calling 330-627-5910 and leaving a message.

Malvern Dancing on the Bridge termed ‘most successful event ever’

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


MALVERN – Former Mayor Alan Artzner thanked the current mayor, administrator, street department and council members for their support in making this year’s Dancing On The Bridge festival the best the villlage has ever seen.

“The committee, the citizens, everyone wants to thank you.  We had such good weather.  And in 16 years we’ve raised over half a million dollars,” Artzner said during the Sept. 18 council meeting.

Council members agreed this year’s event was smooth, none, if any problems existed, and everyone worked so well together to make it a great time.

In an unrelated matter, council informed a village resident there is nothing they can do about a burned out property located adjacent to his property.

The resident complained that a 12 to 15 foot section of wall that is standing is tipping out into the alley about six inches or more, adjacent to his parking area and property.  The resident can’t park there because the wall could collapse on his vehicles.  He can’t access his garage and he worries it is a danger to people walking by.

Village Administrator Marcus Benson noted that there is nothing the village can do.  The burned property is still under investigation by the state fire marshal.  The village is not permitted by law to go onto anyone’s property and push walls in, even if it is a safety hazard.

Benson will check with the fire marshal’s office to determine the current status of the property.

Council scheduled leaf pick up to begin Oct. 3 and run through Nov. 30.  Council reminded residents leaves must be raked to the curb side, but not into the street. No sticks, brush, limbs or “dog poo” is permitted in the leaves, according to council.  Leaves will be picked up by the street department.

In other business council:

– SET water department hours at village hall from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

– AUTHORIZED Benson to bid on a utility trailer at an upcoming auction.

– APPROVED the purchase of two auto re-lites for the furnaces at the water department at a cost of up to $400.

– LEARNED a fire hydrant on Coral Road was knocked over by a vehicle and not reported.

– LEARNED fire hydrant flushing is completed.

– WILL hold a park advisory board meeting Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in village hall.

Shale gas production up, oil down in second quarter

COLUMBUS – Natural gas production in Ohio’s horizontal shale wells continues to increase.
The second quarter 2017 report, released last week by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) shows an increase in natural gas production over the same period in 2016, but also shows a reduction in oil production for the same period.
The ODNR report lists 1,691 horizontal shale wells, 1,659 of which reported oil and natural gas production during the second quarter.
Wells produced 388,560 Mcf (388 billion cubic feet) of natural gas, which is an increase of over 16 percent from the 334,431,020 Mcf produced during the second quarter in 2016.
The 4,044,072 barrels of oil produced is down 17 percent from production of 4,878,409 in 2016.
Averages for the wells reporting oil and natural gas production during the second quarter are:
* 2,438 barrels of oil;
* 234,214 Mcf of natural gas;
* 85 in production during the quarter.
Companies reporting production are not required to separate Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) or condensate under Ohio law, so totals are combined in the report.
Production for individual wells can be accessed at

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