Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

December 19, 2013

Natural gas providers sought

By Kaley Lynch kaley.lynch@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — Town Supervisor Joseph Jastrzemski vowed Wednesday to work with state Sen. George Maziarz after the holidays on acquiring natural gas heating for residents.

Fewer than 25 percent of town residents currently have natural gas available to them as a heat source, Jastrzemski said.

“We continue to have concerns that these companies have not yet expanded in our area, leaving residents without services at the same level as more densely populated areas,” he said.

Jastrzemski said he has been working with natural gas providers for the past four years to encourage expansion into Wilson.

“More than half of the residents along Route 18 have signed up to receive natural gas, and still the gas company hasn’t moved,” he said.

The lack of natural gas as a heating source is a concern for retired residents who may live on a fixed income. According to the fuel calculator on the U.S. Energy Information administration’s website (EIA.gov), the price of natural gas per million BTUs (British Thermal Units) is $7.54, compared to $24.82 for propane, $29.12 for oil or $34.22 for electricity.

“We’ll continue to fight for our residents to get updated utilities,” Jastrzemski said.

At the town board’s monthly business meeting Wednesday, attorney Kyle Andrews provided an update on the status of two houses that have been condemned by the town building inspector as public safety hazards.

Both houses, one on Chestnut Road and the other on Hulbert Road, are to be demolished pending a decision by a state Supreme Court judge, Andrews said.

The Chestnut Road property has three listed owners, two of whom live out of state.

“We’re definitely expecting (court) action by January,” Andrews said.

Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at 439-9222 ext. 6245 or tweet to @Lynchie17