UGI ‘Get Gas Program’ available to 175 in East Cocalico

By on July 26, 2017

Residents of East Cocalico Heights will have the opportunity to connect to gas through a program designed to provide natural gas service to additional areas currently unserved or underserved, the East Cocalico Township supervisors learned at their July 20 meeting.

UGI representative Michael Ast explained many details, including the connection or tapping charge, which will be about $3,800. A monthly budget plan of approximately $54.99 is available to homeowners. This includes the option for an earlier pay-off.

Ast said this year and next year UGI is offering a $500 cash rebate if a homeowner is replacing a furnace with gas.

East Cocalico Heights has 175 residents. UGI is looking at having about 60 percent of the market share of the development become UGI customers in the next 12 years. Homeowners in this development have received questionnaires and other correspondence from UGI within the past year.

An East Cocalico resident from another area of the township who switched from oil to gas for his home commented that “his heating bill with gas is half of what it was with oil.”

UGI is working with township officials on a formal kick-off to this gas extension program sometime in mid-August. Residents will be able to talk to UGI representatives and pick up more information. Tentatively the location of the event will be Stoney Point Park, adjacent to East Cocalico Heights.

In other business:

* Scott Russell, township manager, reported that “the township had a total of one written comment to the MS4 plan for stormwater management. It concerned agricultural practices.

“If the state would change their mind and allow us to address agricultural practices, we have the ability to make changes to our plan,” said Russell. “The township plans to tweak the plan a bit and present it in September to supervisors for approval. We don’t have a true cost yet, but it looks like about half a million dollars over the next five years. Our plan focuses on stream bank restorations and retention basins.”

* Supervisors accepted the resignation of East Cocalico Police Officer Kerry L. Sweigart. His last day of employment is Aug. 17. He is a 28-year veteran of the force.

* Sgt. Chris Progin, reporting for Chief Terry Arment, said police are in favor of replacing keys with key fobs as part of Yarnell Security System access and security upgrades.

* Supervisors authorized Arment to sign title paperwork for a new SUV to replace car No. 4. The car was totaled in an accident. The other driver was at fault. The insurance check will cover the replacement cost, minus the depreciation cost of the totaled car.

* Supervisors accepted the resignation of Jim Irwin from the recreation board. His work conflicts with meeting times.

* Supervisors adjourned into executive session for a personnel matter. They reconvened and voted to authorize Arment to start the process of hiring another police officer.

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