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July 2, 2013

Somerset & Ferguson strike deal for utilities

Agreement expected to lower residents’ bills


Fergsuon —

Girdler said that he and Dobbs started working on the plan about four or five months ago.
“We get together and discuss the needs of the cities,” he said. “Both of us came to the realization that we would be better served (through this plan).”
Added Dobbs, “We have a good working relationship (with Somerset).”
Dobbs noted that he researched the idea a few years ago, “but the way the Somerset transmission lines run, any other city would have to cross their lines and would be charged a rate to do that. It would be hard for anyone else to come in here and undersell Somerset on natural gas costs.
“Things have worked out ... for the betterment of the citizens of the City of Ferguson,” he added.
Girdler said the cities hope to have the plan in place by the beginning of September, and will be working to get everything done in preparation for that this month.
“We’re trying to put this in place before it gets into fall or winter,” he said, “because most people will get the greatest cost savings from the reduction of their natural gas rates (during colder months).”

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