Some Ballard residents may soon be warmed by natural gas if the town accepts a proposal made by Mountain Fuel Supply Co.
Forty-one Ballard homes located north of U.S. 40 would have natural gas piped in should the town council enter into an agreement with Mountain Fuel.According to Councilman Earl Hawkins, natural gas lines would be laid north of the Ballard church one mile to the Country Acres subdivision. Lines would not be laid throughout the entire Ballard area because its sparse population would make such a venture economically infeasible, he said.
Ballard residents must heat their homes with costly electricity and propane because there are no natural gas lines in the area.
Under the terms of the proposal, homeowners would have to pay a one-time fee of $640 to have a line run to their residence. Hawkins said Ballard will try to secure a grant to assist homeowners in paying their share of the costs. In addition, Mountain Fuel has an Appliance Financing Program to aid homeowners.
A total of 9,193 feet of gas line would be laid.
Town leaders will meet with Mountain Fuel representatives soon to further discuss details. A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10, at the Ballard Town Building.