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February 26, 2013

Citizens’ group trying to lower local gas prices


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“I think it would be more effective at this point for citizens to actually sign something and send it rather than the city ... because they’re sick of hearing from us,” Wiese said during the Feb. 11 meeting. “Last time I called up there they’re like ‘Look, we’re not doing anything, we’re not investigating, stop calling.’”
Wiese added that the city can’t file a lawsuit on behalf of Somerset and Pulaski County residents. She said that would have to be done by the citizens themselves.
“We as a city don’t have the standing to sue on behalf of the people out there,” Wiese said during the Feb. 11 meeting. “ ... so we’re kind of stuck.”
Williams said he and several others who make up the core of Citizens United have been working on the issue since July 2012. He also said there are many people watching the group’s progress in making headway.
And, according to Williams, the group has found answers to a question that has plagued the vast majority of Pulaski County residents for some time. 
“We’re right there, really close to having a lot of good answers,” Williams told the council on Monday. “This will be an ongoing saga.”
Williams said the group hopes to bring a presentation to the council at the next meeting. 
Williams also said the group is planning on holding a rally in protest of the local prices. He said a date hasn’t been set yet, but they’re hopeful the rally will show how many citizens are fed up with being “bullied” at the pump. 
“We will open that (the rally) up to all citizens,” said Williams on Tuesday. “It’s an issue that we believe everybody believes in.
“ ... Gas prices affect everything,” Williams added. 
Williams said he spent some time at local gas stations in carrying out research for the citizens’ group, and he said “it was remarkable how many people would come in and buy only $3 of gas at a time.

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