Columbia Gas improvement plan public hearing

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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.

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