Council Hears Gas Agreement, sets Trick-or-Treat

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An agreement between city officials and a local gas company would give Salyersville residents an option for natural gas.
The agreement, currently in a verbal stage, has been reached between Mayor Stanley Howard and Richard Williams, owner of BTU Gas.
According to city officials, Williams has agreed to provide gas to customers within the city limits for $6 per unit.

City records show the current franchise holder, Cow Creek Gas, is charging just over $20 per unit.
During a regular meeting of the Salyersville City Council Monday evening, Mayor Howard explained the agreement to council members.
The city will award a non-exclusive franchise to BTU gas, which also allows Cow Creek to continue servicing local residents.
Williams and BTU must first be approved by the Public Service Commission before meeting with city officials to have the agreement finalized, which could take up to three months, officials said.
During the regular meeting, council members also approved a first reading of “city council compensation” ordinance that would pay members $100 per regular meeting and $50 for special meetings.
Salyersville has never financially compensated its council members, and the pay is pending state approval.
The first reading of a handicap parking ordinance met with resistance and will be re-written by the city’s attorney, Jeff Lovely.
The first writing called for a $50 fine for illegal parking and a four-hour limit for permitted parking. The council eventually agreed on the four-hour limit, but asked for a $25 fine.
Brenda Powers, with Big Sandy Add, and Summit Engineers’ Kevin Howard briefed the council on a water main replacement project currently underway.
The project, which began near the old sewer station site and will continue through the city, calls for line replacement in the downtown and Dixie Addition areas.
Officials are urging motorists to drive with caution while the project is under construction. Streets along the work site will carry only one lane of traffic and delays should be expected in and around work areas.
In a final matter, the council set October 29 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. as the city’s official Trick-or-Treat date and times.