At the DeGraff and Quincy council meetings June 21, Bob Smith and Dawn Wilbur of Legacy Pipeline Services made presentations on the status of the application sign-up process. They reported that 270 applications had been received, more than halfway to the needed 400 to get the construction started. The campaign has been generating momentum with Dawn going door to door to call on residents and businesses in both communities along with help from local citizens. This is in addition to advertisements in the River Current, mailing applications to all residents and count signs in each village. Since the town ordinances allowing Legacy to build the systems which then would become part of the All American Energy Coop were due to expire at the end of June, Smith and Wilbur asked the councils if they could have a six month extension to get the necessary signed applications. In both DeGraff and Quincy the town councils voted in favor of the six month extension. Smith stated that he did not feel it would take six months to get the necessary signatures and hope to have at least 400 in a few months so construction could begin before winter. Residents in attendance asked if they should be buying propane for next winter and Smith answered that due to the delay, residents should plan on using propane next winter as the system in DeGraff would not be completed until next year and Quincy construction would be scheduled for the following year.
As stated in the previous article regarding the natural gas system, based on the last five-year average cost of propane, All American Energy Coop members using natural gas can anticipate savings of approximately 50 percent or more over propane and 62 percent for electric energy. Even greater savings are projected compared to fuel oil. It is imperative that those wanting to convert to natural gas sign an application and return it to Legacy Pipeline to get the necessary 400 signatures to move the project forward. The cost to connect is a one-time membership fee of $60.00, not due until the construction begins. The tap into the gas system, first 50 feet of customer service line and meter setting are free of charge. The cost of any footage above 50 feet is $5.00 a foot. After the system is built and the construction crews leave the area an individual service costs in the range of $3,000 ,so it is obviously very important for those wanting service to sign an application to connect to service now.
Once service is established, an individual will receive a bill, which includes a monthly service charge of $12.65 whether you use gas or not, the gas cost and delivery of the actual amount of gas used for that period and any applicable taxes.
Natural gas for energy use is cost efficient, clean burning and very convenient. There is no large cash outlay to fill up a tank as the resident only pays for the gas used in a month. Payment plans are available to even out billing cost throughout the year.
A $300 credit is available for the purchase of a new natural gas hot water tank once installed. Communities that have natural gas distribution more readily attract new residents and property values are increased. Once 400 applications are turned in ground breaking can be scheduled. The current total is 304 applications. Please encourage your neighbors to turn in their applications. Applications are available at Ron’s Pizza, Steve’s Market, The Creamery, Thatcherville Hill, The Village Office, Orphan Annie’s and Bell Insurance. Completed Applications can also be returned to Bell Insurance. If you have any questions, please call the All American Energy office at 330-863-2204 or Dawn Wilbur at 937-465-2606.
Submitted by Legacy Pipeline Services, LLC.