Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 30, 2014

City gets praise for gas response

Tompkinsville asked to address final details

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Tompkinsville city commissioners recently were praised by the Kentucky Public Service Commission for the city’s efforts to correct deficiencies in the its natural gas system.

Shawn Martin with RussMar, which is overseeing the improvement of the city’s gas system, said at a recent city commission meeting that he received a letter from Joe Grugin, an investigator with the KPSC, regarding issues with the gas system that need attention, such as signatures on leak reports, a need for increased corrosion readings and the absence of decimal points on readings.

“I’m not trying to nitpick but they are important for accurate records,” Grugin said in the letter.

In regard to the city’s public awareness plan, he said he needs to see the actual brochure or message that will be sent to different stakeholders.

In the last paragraph of his letter, he said, “You all have come a long way with helping to get Tompkinsville to where they need to be and I appreciate your effort tremendously. You are almost there and I think the end for the most part is in sight. Keep up the good work.”

Martin told commissioners that if RussMar is to the point where Grugin can nitpick, then that’s probably a good sign.

“Basically, you can read the last paragraph there, as far as they as they are concerned, we are making some progress down here,” Martin said.  

In January 2013, the city and the PSC reached a settlement regarding 14 gas system deficiencies discovered during a periodic inspection on Feb. 28, 2012. The commission adopted a resolution in May 2013 to apply for a loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund improvements to the gas system project, which was projected at that time to cost a little more than $1 million.

“Overall, I think they are extremely satisfied with the conversations I’ve had with them,” said Mayor Jeff Proffitt.

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