Council hears compressed natural gas proposal (Audio included)
10/8/2013 11:45:01 PM
By Mike Vetorino
Bellefontaine City Council conducted their first meeting for October Tuesday night. Using compressed natural gas (CNG) as a fuel alternative to gas or diesel garnered most of council’s attention.
Dennis Black of King Energy provided council with the advantages of installing a CNG filling station. The station would be used to supply CNG to the city’s fleet of vehicles.
Using CNG provides several benefits. CNG users save between 40-65% per year in fuel costs. CNG costs users approximately $2.00 per gallon. CNG is a cleaner fuel that extends the life of the vehicles by two or three years. CNG fumes are much safer than diesel fumes.
The station would be available to non-city vehicles. Revenue generated by sales would go to the city. Black estimated as much as $.50 per gallon profit.
Black indicated that automakers are in the planning stages of creating cars that use CNG for fuel.
The major drawback is the cost to convert a vehicle to CNG. Mayor Adam Brannon indicated that the cost is approximately $10,000 per vehicle. He added that the savings realized from the cheaper gas would quickly cover the initial conversion cost.
Vectren would supply the gas.
President of Council David Henry recognized council’s interest and assigned the project to the finance and utilities committees for further study.
Council approved an ordinance allowing Service-Safety Director Jim Holycross to spend $100,000 to retrofit a new truck with camera equipment. The cameras will be used to investigate sewer systems.
Councilman Jerry Pitzer, council’s representative on the “sign” committee, expressed his desire to no longer serve because of the committee’s status. The committee’s chair recently resigned. The “sign” committee, under city ordinance, provides stipulations on what city businesses can do with the appearance of their property.
Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kris Myers reminded council that the Ring of Lights will be at Blue Jacket Park on October 19th at 7:30. The festivities are for preschool to second grade children.
Council will next meet on October 22nd at 7:30 p.m.