UGI may expand gas service in Adamstown

By on August 15, 2012

By: JAMES MCGINNIS Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Adamstown residents may have an opportunity to change their heating source this fall.

Borough council president David Matz announced at the Aug. 7 meeting that natural gas provider UGI is considering plans to expand its coverage in the borough and adjacent parts of East and West Cocalico townships in the near future. The company’s current coverage in the borough is limited to residents and businesses located near a pipeline that runs along Route 272.

Matz noted that natural gas is currently much cheaper than heating oil and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future due to recent massive discoveries in the Marcellus Shale, which underlies much of the northern and western parts of Pennsylvania and adjacent sections of other states. Heating oil, on the other hand, is expected to remain expensive. Oil prices have rebounded in the past month due to tensions in Iran, civil war in Syria and refinery problems in the U.S.

He said that residents in Reinholds had recently received a letter from the company stating that it would like to expand its coverage and encouraged them to call (800) 276-2722, extension 7829 to answer a brief survey if they would like a hookup. Matz said that residents and business owners in the borough should also call this number and participate in the survey to show that they also favor expanding coverage.

"The more people who show interest, the better the chance UGI will expand their service," he said.

Borough officials also awarded bids to contractors to maintain and improve local infrastructure.

The council approved bids of $218,346 from Trinity Excavating of York to replace an aging sewer line that extends from Church Street to Willow Street and $1,815 from Berks Traffic for repainting lines on borough streets.

Councilman Benjamin Zentner pointed out that the lines should be repainted later this month.

"They say they can probably get it done in the month of August," he said.

The council also agreed to install "Watch Children" signs on the first block of Misty Meadow Drive and to apply oil and chip treatment to Bowmansville Road north of Main Street.

Zentner acknowledged that oil and chip treatment, which leaves loose stones after it is initially laid, has negative effects, but added that it helps preserve road surfaces until the borough has enough funds to pay for a more permanent asphalt surface.

"As much as none of us like this, it does buy time. It seals cracks and helps save the road," he said. More ADAMSTOWN, page A10

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