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March 18, 2014

Tuttle natural gas decision will make usage cheaper for residents

TUTTLE —

Tuttle residents will soon be able to nix propane tanks in favor of cheaper natural gas lines.

Tuttle City Manager Tim Young said it costs $1,000 to fill a 500 gallon propane tank once and, the more energy you use, the more often you need to fill the tank.

"With natural gas, we are seeing most homes in Tuttle receiving a peak monthly natural gas charge of $200 this year," Young said.

The city of Tuttle approved the purchase of materials on Monday to relocate a natural gas line between the Silver Ridge and River Ridge Estates subdivisions and for extending gas lines to the Grandview and Winding Creek Estates subdivisions.

The Tuttle City Council approved the gas line extensions and a street light plan and  approved the final infrastructure plans for Deer Ridge Run, a new neighborhood ready for development, at their Monday meeting.

Young said the council's approval came after many citizens that currently use propane have expressed interest in connecting with a natural gas line.

Young said the cost of expanding the gas lines to each subdivision would be less than $10,000 per subdivision.

"We're looking into expanding [natural gas lines] into many areas in Tuttle," he said.

Young said the city voted to widen a drainage channel that connects the Silver Ridge and River Ridge Estates subdivisions to alleviate problems from flooding.

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