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Adair County residents urged to complete Gas Survey form

Columbia/Adair Utilities is exploring the feasibility of making county-wide natural gas available in areas not now served by the City of Columbia Gas Department. The utility is asking everyone in the areas to respond to their survey - a copy of which is attached to this story, and now are being made available several offices around town.
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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia-Adair County Utilities District is currently conducting a survey to assess interest in a plan to provide natural gas service in Adair County, KY.

The utility would like to see over 2,000 potential users complete the forms. Already, over 650 residents who do not currently have natural gas available have replied indicating an interest in obtaining natural gas, CAUD General Manager Lenny Stone said, adding that more forms have been received but are not yet tabulated.

Having natural gas available is seen by many as the most important economic development project the county could undertake to attract residents, businesses, and to expand local businesses.

GM Stone said that if anyone has not filled out a form and is interested in filling out a form, they may fill it out and leave at the following businesses:
  • CJE Mike Stephens' office, Suite 1, Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
  • Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer's office, Suite 3, Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
  • Bank of Columbia, 144 Public Square, Columbia, KY
  • First & Farmers National Bank, 224 Public Square, Columbia, KY
  • United Citizen's Bank, 700 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY
Or, the forms can be mailed to the CAUD, PO Box 567, Columbia, KY 42728 or brought to the 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY.

Although the number of respondents is already believed enough to warrant proceeding with the project, Mr. Stone said that interest will be a factor in determining which areas get served first.

This story was posted on 2017-04-03 16:32:27
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CAUD Natural Gas Interest Survey

2017-03-18 - Columbia/Adair Utilities District, 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo from Jennifer Carter.
Columbia/Adair County Utilities District (CAUD), is conducting a survey to ascertain the number of potential customers for a planned gas distribution in Adair County beyond the city limits of Columbia. Interest is already high, with some 650 residential & large commercial users already indicating, as of April 3, 2017, that they want natural gas should it become available. Filling out the form does not commit to taking the service immediately, only that the respondent has a good faith interest in helping to bring this service to all parts of the county. To respond: COPY & PRINT the form and mail or drop off at the CAUD office. If you are unable to print, survey copies are available at CAUD and may be filled out at the office. - Jennifer Carter

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CAUD map shows early areas of interest in natural gas

2017-04-03 - Columbia, Adair County Utilites District (CAUD), 109 Grant Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
Columbia/Adair County Utilities District Manager Lenny Stone, standing, has placed pin drops on a county map to show where customers of the utility have indicated they would like to have the service available. When the map above was displayed at the March monthly session of CAUD's trustees, there were approximately 350 respondents. At last count as of April 3, 2017, the number is over 650, with several survey forms yet to be tabulated. The survey effort is intensifying to reach a goal of 2,000 respondents, and survey forms are now be received at several points around Adair County, listed in the accompanying announcement. Mr. Stone says the utility is in a unique position to cut costs, utilizing several miles in scattered locations of abandoned water mains, which could be utilized for "slip casing" natural gas lines rather than digging new trenches. Construction and maintenance of the distribution system will be financed independently of gas and sewer services, he said, and will not affect the cost of those services. He estimates the initial cost for the system to be under $1 million dollars. Watching intently is Matthew Hadley, who is building a chicken grower mega facility on KY 704, and has been awaiting water for the operation for over a year. - EW

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