Natural Gas Agreement

Grantville votes to ink contract with LaGrange

by Staff Reports

Grantville City Council heard from Patrick Bowie, City of LaGrange Gas Service, and Grantville City Engineer Brennan Jones at its Monday meeting as the pair presented a wholesale gas sales contract, eventually approved by the council with member Rochelle Jabaley opposing.

In 2010 the city of LaGrange completed construction of a natural gas pipeline, which extended through the city of Grantville Gas System Safety District and was established by Georgia Public Service Commission. Grantville entered into an agreement with LaGrange, which allowed for this pipeline construction and for the use of city rights-of-way for construction of the pipeline. 

LaGrange obtained private easements from property owners in the area as part of the pipeline construction project. As part of the easements granted to LaGrange, LaGrange committed to provide gas service to two residential properties that are located in the Grantville Safety District in exchange for the property owners granting an easement for construction of the gas pipeline.

The proposal by LaGrange was one of the options outlined in the recent Gas System Service Territory analysis recently presented to Grantville Council by staff. If a wholesale gas service connection is made in this area, it will allow Grantville to expand its gas system and Grantville would be in a position to more readily service the Coweta County School System at a lower cost than constructing a pipeline from downtown Grantville to the site.

A budget of $3,500-$5,000 should be established for construction of gas distribution pipeline, the gas line to the residential properties, and for gas service meter installation. 

Grantville crews or a contractor could do the work so Grantville can construct the service pipe. As another option, LaGrange has offered to construct the gas service line and install the meters, and the actual cost would be reimbursed by Grantville if city offials choose to pursue that option.

In other business, Grantville Council:

Held a second reading for the ordinance for consumption of liquor by the drink, setting license fees at $2,000.

Council members Johnny Cooks and Jabaley approved with Selma Coty and Barham Lundy opposed, and Mayor Jim Sells broke the tie with a yes vote. Temporary license fees will be set at a later time.

Appointed Hugh Nash to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission to fill the position left by Linda Dean’s resignation.

Held a first reading to create an ordinance for assistant city manager position, which would eliminate the position of superintendent of public works.

The assistant city mangager would help Grantville City Manager Johnny Williams fulfill his duties and act as a liason between department heads, employees and the public.

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