George W. Davis

GREEN: The latest proposed route for the Nexus natural gas pipeline avoids several schools, but the fight continues to move the pipeline out of Green, the school board was told Monday night.

Tammy Daly, a member of the Coalition to Reroute Nexus, told the board that Spectra Energy is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the Nexus proposal that would run across the city’s southern tier and would impact 205 residential homeowners, 19 commercial and industrial properties, two city-owned properties and cross 11 publicly dedicated roads.

According to Daly, who also is an executive board member of the Green PTA and recreation director of the Green Soccer Association, the affected area would stretch from west to east from Comet and South Arlington roads, across Koons and Thursby roads and Massillon and Greensburg roads.

The Greensburg Park Sports Complex also would be affected, along with Ariss Park, staying south of Wise Road before going into neighboring Lake Township.

Daly said the initial line was moved because 15 organizations, including the city and school board, filed concerns.

She said the initial line would have impacted three schools, a stadium, Portage Lakes Career Center, five parks and numerous other facilities.

The Nexus pipeline would be 36 inches in diameter and capable of transporting 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, enough to heat 6 million houses.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must approve the pipeline that is being developed by the Texas-based Nexus Gas Transmission LLC, along with Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. and Texas-based Spectra Energy Partners.

The federal agency is expected to rule in late 2016. The companies behind the pipeline would like to begin construction in January 2017.

It would run through northern Stark, southern Summit, the northeast corner of Wayne County and across Medina County.

The city of Green and the grass-roots group the Coalition to Re-Route Nexus have proposed that the pipeline be rerouted to the south area from the Akron-Canton area into more rural areas of Stark and Wayne counties. However, the companies behind the pipeline have indicated they are not interested in the rerouting.

In other business, the board approved the updated 48-page high school curriculum guide.

Principal Cindy Brown discussed the changes, adding that eighth-graders will use the content to chart their classes for the next four years.

She said there are 20,000 combination possibilities with new classes added and others expanded.

The board also voted to:

• Modify its home schooling policy to meet Ohio High School Athletic Association guidelines permitting those students to participate in public school athletics.

• Seek bids for permanent seating at the freshman/middle school football field and bids to repair and provide surface treatments to parking lots at Greenwood Early Learning Center and Green Primary School as well as Bulldog Boulevard.

• Approve a contract with Scott Scriven and Associates of Columbus for policy review and revision series at a base cost not to exceed $8,500 and annual maintenance services not to exceed $2,500 for the upcoming school year.

George W. Davis can be reached at: mediaman@sssnet.com