Columbia Gas’ current STRIDE program (Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement) is set to end this year (2018) and officials are looking to the future for a new plan and surcharge to fund it.
If the plan is adopted, starting January 1, 2019, residential customers will pay a $2.00 monthly surcharge, while small commercial customers will pay $6.95.
This is part of the company’s five-year plan to replace 42.5 miles of bare steel and cast iron mains and other associated services. They expect the cost to be $16-$19 million per year.
A public hearing was held on Wednesday in Hagerstown for the community to voice opinions.
Another one is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Ramada on 100 South George Street in Cumberland.
Columbia serves approximately 33,000 customers in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties through 658 miles of pipeline.