Putnam seeks millage to fight pipeline




By Lynne Beauchamp, lynnethesuntimesnews@gmail.com

Putnam Township   will ask voters to support 1-mill levy to pay for legal costs  regarding the proposed ET Rover natural gas pipeline.

The question will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. The board approved the resolution at its July 15 meeting

The funds raised will be solely used to protect the township’s and residents’ interests during the process of federal approval and installation. The resolution came about after discussions with township attorney Mike Homier.

Township Supervisor Ron Rau abstained from the vote under the advice of his attorney citing a conflict of interest (the Rau family has property within the proposed pipeline route).

The trustees have come under criticism from  residents over the past several months for not doing enough to protect the township from the proposed ET Rover 42- inch natural gas pipeline that would travel through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan to Canada.

During previous township board meetings some residents said  a better route was available, one that would affect fewer residential properties. Others voiced complete rejection of the entire proposal saying another pipeline was unneeded.

Mike Homier
Mike Homier

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