Residents in four eastern Millard County communities who will get natural gas for the first time will get a chance to learn more about the product and service at a public information meeting Thursday, Jan. 23, in Fillmore.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Millard High School for residents of Fillmore, Holden, Meadow, Kanosh and Scipio.Meanwhile, a house-to-house signup canvass is nearly complete in west Millard County, where a similar meeting was held earlier.

The canvass will be launched in east Millard on Jan. 27 and conclude Feb. 14.

Officials of Mountain Fuel Supply Co. said the signup canvass is important, because the number of residents who contract for the service on each street will determine the location of natural gas lines.

Also, the company will provide hookups without cost only if enough customers sign up.

Construction is scheduled to be complete and natural gas service available by July 1 in the Millard County communities of Leamington, Lynndyl and Delta and in the Washington County towns of Enterprise, Central, Veyo and Newcastle. Residents will get service by Oct. 1 in Beaver, Milford and Minersville in Beaver County and Fillmore, Holden, Meadow, Kanosh and Scipio in Millard County.

Area residents were warned that during previous expansion projects, "unscrupulous" individuals have posed as Mountain Fuel employees in attempts to collect money illegally. The company's representatives carry photo identification, and residents should ask to see it.

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If a resident is not at home when a representative calls, a door hanger will be left indicating a telephone number to call to arrange for a time and date for a representative to return.

People who have questions about the identity of people who claim to represent the company but do not have identification are urged to call one of the service centers in Richfield (1-800-433-5251), Cedar City (1-800-433-1542) or St. George (1-800-541-4915).

A new service center will also be established later in Fillmore to serve Millard County.

Construction of distribution systems in the communities will begin in March. Officials say lines that will tap into the Kern River pipeline will be completed first so that natural gas service will be available as soon as a distribution system is completed.

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