Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 Written by NATE SMITH
Residents were told they’d be hooked up by now
Rushcreek Township intends to sell off its propane tank when the township secures a natural gas connection, but township officials have developed a wait-and-see approach about the slow-moving project. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
Natural gas is at long last flowing through the village of Rushsylvania — just not into anyone’s home.
A particularly demanding winter, coupled with delays in construction of the $1.5 million project to supply Benjamin Logan Schools and the village of Rushsylvania with natural gas pipeline, has left residents that committed to join All American Energy Cooperative with higher heating bills as a result of overpaying for propane.
Letters were mailed this summer to residents who committed to join the member-owned cooperative informing them not to enter into contract with any propane suppliers because natural gas would be flowing in time for the heating season.
Operating with that understanding, municipalities, churches and residents passed on the chance to secure propane for about $2 per gallon for the entire winter and are now forced to pay upward of $4 per gallon, village and township officials said.
Chuck Skidmore is a village resident and Rushsylvania councilman who believes delays in construction could have been better communicated from those in charge.
“My mother, she’s in her 80s and has had to deal with a lot of uncertainty over this project,” he said. “She got a letter in July telling her not contract for propane this winter, when she could’ve secured propane for around $2 per gallon.
“Because of the delays in construction, though, she’s had to pay closer to $3.70 per gallon.”
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