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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:00 am

YORK – TransCanada will formally request a new haul route agreement and road crossing permits when the county commissioners meet in regular session next Tuesday, Oct. 16.

They are scheduled at 9:30 a.m.

The county had already signed a haul route agreement with the company that hopes to run a pipeline through this area, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. But because the proposed route through York County has slightly changed (in the northwest corner of the jurisdiction), a new agreement will have to be reviewed.

The proposed pipeline has come under scrutiny over the past few years and has yet to be given the federal go-ahead.

The haul route agreement pertains to the county’s allowance for the company to use rural roads for transporting construction materials and equipment during the installation of the pipeline. Typically, when counties enter into these types of agreements, they consider restoration of the road to its original condition (after the haul routes are no longer being used), liability issues, etc.

Regarding the road crossing permits, this would pertain to where the pipeline would actually be installed under a county road. It’s been suggested that the county approach that matter as they have in the past with utility companies – which entails a specific payment per mile.

The York County Clerk’s office had not received copies of the proposed agreements as of press time, so the News-Times has not had an opportunity to review the details.

Prior to the commissioner/TransCanada conversation, Bill Dunavan (a York County property owner) will address the county board to discuss the pipeline in general.

In other business:

• The board will act on a special exception request filed by Carey Goertzen.

During their last meeting, Goertzen explained that he originally planned to remove an older house from his property when finished with building a new house.

But plans changed as his son is getting married, is farming with him and wants to live in the older house.

The special exception is necessary, as the county has zoning regulations in place that call for no more than one house per quarter/quarter in the rural area of the county.

No one at the public hearing spoke in opposition of the exception and it appeared the board was in favor. Now they just need to take a vote.

• The commissioners plan to have a discussion regarding the vehicle being used by the veteran service office.

• Mitch Doht, highway superintendent, will present an update regarding roads projects.

• York County Assessor Ann Charlton will present tax list corrections, when the commissioners convene as the board of equalization.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting which will begin at 8:30 a.m., in the basement of the courthouse.

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