Although no start date or timeline for the construction of the Enbridge Pipeline through Saline County has been determined, county commissioners are taking a proactive stance on protecting area roads.
During a Wednesday morning meeting, commissioners announced they had met with Tracy Calhoun, an Enbridge representative, to discuss their concerns.
"She was very informative," Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner said. "We're kind of concerned about just how the roads are going to be left, (in) what condition after they get through. There's going to be a lot of traffic ... getting to the project throughout the county."
Northern District Commissioner Norvelle "Brownie" Brown noted heavy equipment would most likely continue along the project's right-of-way. Commissioners are under the impression the company will put roads back to their original condition, saying Calhoun recommended they take pictures of each crossing as a reference.
In addition to county roads, construction will affect four special road districts. Commissioners plan to meet with those districts Jan. 17, 2013.
Other county business Wednesday morning included the commission's approval of two commission orders. One is to commit the transfer of up to $20,000 of funds on an as-needed basis per the assessment maintenance agreement. The second was the transfer of $23,000 from the sheriff's civil fees to assist with county expenses meeting the statutory requirement.
In other news, Springwater Greenhouse donated and planted a rising sun redbud tree to the southwest corner of the courthouse. Commissioners will not hold a regular meeting next Wednesday, Dec. 5, due to an out-of-town conference. Their next regular meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
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