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Storm Water Task force looks at logging concerns

CHESAPEAKE — Possible problems from logging were among the topics discussed by the newly formed Storm Water Task Force at its second meeting Tuesday.

The task force is made up of a township trustee from Union, Rome, Fayette and Perry, David Lynd, Lawrence County engineer, Pat Leighty, South Point village administrator, Bernard Conwell of the Concerned Citizens of Burlington and Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs.

Chairing the meeting at the Chesapeake Library was Carrie Yaniko, urban education specialist for the Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation District.

Handling complaints about logging comes under the jurisdiction of the conservation district. However since logging is among the activities that is exempt from a permit, the district doesn’t always known when there is a logging operation.

“At the soil and water office we work with these loggers to keep them from being a problem,” Yaniko said. “A lot of time they log and they are gone. Our concern is the erosion. It is not so much the logging. (The task force) is concerned logging gets all the sediment on the road. They have had problems before.”

Currently the villages of Proctorville, Chesapeake, Hanging Rock and Athalia and Hamilton and Upper townships are exempted from participating in the task force because of population.

However, the 2010 Census may changed that, Yaniko said.

Attending Tuesday’s meeting were Perry Brock, Fayette Township trustee, Dean Cooper, Rome Township trustee, David Lynd, Chesapeake Mayor Dick Gilpin and Paul Hart, a private developer.

The task force meets quarterly and the next meeting will be in September.