SALINEVILLE- At Monday's meeting of the Salineville village council it was announced that residents looking to heat their home with natural gas may have their best opportunity to get connected to gas lines owned by Columbia Gas in the coming months.
Following discussion at previous village council meetings and phone calls to councilmen from village residents who want to get hooked up, councilmen Zeb Locklear decided to contact Columbia Gas to find out what can be done to help residents get gas lines extended to their home.
Locklear reported to the council that based on his conversations with Columbia Gas representatives, the prospects for residents who want hooked up are good. "The gas company is interested in providing this service," said Locklear.
Locklear estimated that 32 homes in the vicinity of Salineville are without gas and instead must resort to using various heating oils to heat their homes.
Locklear cited roads Maple Hill, Walnut Ridge and Foundry Hill as examples of areas within the village that do not currently have access to gas line. Locklear said that Columbia Gas plans to contact residents in these areas with information regarding their options for getting connected and pricing information.
Locklear said Columbia gave him an initial quote of $760 to connect a home to a gas line and also said often times the first 100ft of line is free. Locklear contended that this price is reasonable considering it is cheaper than the cost of one barrel of most heating oils.
Councilman Tom Hayes added that Columbia Gas is currently in the village doing gas main work so now would be an opportune time for those interested to approach them.
Residents interested in getting connected are encouraged to contact Columbia Gas or the village of Salineville for more information.