Energy companies, township trustees partner on park improvement project

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Those present for the ribbon cutting are shown above. From left are Matt Studer, director of pipeline operations of Energy Transfer; Jackie Stewart, director of external affairs for Encino; and trustees Allen Furbee (cutting ribbon) Paul Simmons and Carl Smith.

Officials from Encino Energy and Energy Transfer (Rover Pipeline) joined Loudon Township trustees July 24 for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the updated Loudon Township Community Center Park.
The park, located adjacent to the Community Center, received a major upgrade with funds provided by the two oil and gas companies.
Encino provided $5,400 of the $7,400 project and Energy Transfer picked up the balance.
“We are very grateful to receive the donations to help enhance the park to make it a better area for all to enjoy,” said Trustee President Allan Furbee.
Furbee said improvements included the installation of 264 feet of plastic border around the playground area, 10 ton of rubber mulch (purchased from A&A Tire of Carrollton), a 12×20 cement pad with two picnic tables and a new multi-swing assembly. Work was completed by trustees and township employees.
“The rubber mulch will help with safety as well as helping eliminate insects, grass and weeds,” noted Furbee. “We’ve been trying to get this project done for several years because we knew the playground desperately needed these safety upgrades. It’s been a real collaboration to get the playground project to the finish line. Encino and Energy Transfer Partners have been a great community partner throughout this entire project.”
Jackie Stewart, director of External Affairs for Encino, explained the Community Partnership Program is designed to provide investment in long-term sustainable projects that support enhancing the environment, health, and safety in the areas in which the company has drilling operations.
Carroll County is one of Encino’s “core assets” where it is actively drilling, completing and producing wells.  
“Encino takes our role in being an exceptional community partner very seriously,” said Stewart.
“Carroll County deserves a safe playground for the children to use, and we also saw this as an opportunity to enhance the Community Center. This is another great example of a sustainable project that really captures the spirit of our long-term vision and speaks to what we are trying to achieve with the Encino Community Partnership Program. Just like this playground safety project and re-opening today—Encino plans to be in Ohio for years to come.”
Furbee noted the playground is now open to the public. Spray on sanitizer, formulated to last for 14-28 days, will be used to keep disinfecting the equipment.
Improvements at the park will continue, according to Furbee. The next project includes updating the basketballcourt area. Anyone who would like to donate to the project should contact Furbee at 330-323-0284, or email aalf1951@hughes.net, call Clerk Wendy Booth at 330-418-0814 or email loudontwp420@yahoo.com.

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