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Public Meeting Set on Proposed Gas Service in Yates County


Yates County has scheduled public information meeting to discuss the two options for a new Natural Gas Service Main to the recently approved county Highway/Office of Emergency Services and Public Health facility in Benton Center. The two options that will be discussed are:

  1. New Natural Gas Service Main from Pre-emption Road along Havens Corners Road to Benton Center.
  2. New Natural Gas Service Main from Stape Road along State Route 14A to Benton Center.

The public information meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Benton Firehouse.

After the Yates County Legislature gave the okay for the project to move forward earlier this month, Legislator Doug Paddock asked to postpone a vote to provide natural gas service to the new facility instead of using propane. Benton Town Supervisor Jack Prendergast made a similar request during the public comment period of the same legislature meeting. Paddock wanted to wait until a public meeting, which was not scheduled at that time, to make a decision on spending almost $1.7 million for the service. The cost could decrease if some business owners and residents in Benton are able to tap into the gas line. Paddock’s request was denied.

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