The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Latest News

February 14, 2013

Gallitzin eyes feasibility of natural gas service

GALLITZIN — Gallitzin Borough Council is sizing up community interest in installing natural gas service to Gallitzin residents and some surrounding boroughs.

Working with L. Robert Kimball and Associates of Johnstown and Peoples Natural Gas of Pittsburgh, the borough was advised to send out surveys to residents, which went out with the most recent wave of water bills on the first of the month.

Aside from inquiring as to the residents’ interest in switching to natural gas, the survey is helping to collect data – including addresses of interested residents – that will give Peoples Natural Gas officials an idea of what the addition of the Gallitzin area would bring to its network:

How many appliances would residents plan to convert to natural gas – or would they convert their furnace? Which method of home heating do residents currently use? And finally, whether residents would be a part of a petition to bring the service to their area. The surveys are due by Wednesday and can be mailed to the Gallitzin Borough Office at 411 Convent St., faxed to 886-6811 or emailed to GallitzinWaterAuthority@gmail. com. Extra copies of the survey are available at the borough office.

“At this point right now, we’re at about a 90 percent positive response,” said council President Roger Renninger. “We know that the interest is there ... They’re looking forward to having another option, instead of being burdened by Penelec or finding the cheapest oil around.”

He urged residents who haven’t already returned their survey to do so. He said that will only increase council’s range of knowledge on public interest or circumstances, allowing it to work more closely with PNG to find a solution that’s feasible for all borough residents.

He also said the relatively low operating costs of natural gas make it the most efficient heating method for businesses.

“Hopefully, it’ll be an opportunity to bring in some new businesses,” he said. “We’re maybe lacking a little there.”

A majority of the borough operates on electric heaters, and addition of natural gas service would impact coal and oil use. But, as Renninger sees it, that’s a small(er) price to pay.

“The skyrocketing cost of electricity is getting out of hand,” he said.

The Peoples Natural Gas official working with Gallitzin Borough declined to comment. Solid details or figures about the plan, how it will work or when it could get under way are scarce. However, Renninger is optimistic that it could be the right fit for the community.

“I absolutely believe it’s feasible and could be economically beneficial to Gallitzin Borough.”

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
  • Denne, Williams & Stanton Records hearing scheduled

    A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Bob Casey Casey targets heroin

    The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
    Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drive-in to open with high-tech projector

    Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
    But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.

    April 18, 2014

  • Sheetz work underway

    Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
    And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.

    April 18, 2014

  • Smith, Shakir Mosi Police seize heroin, money in Prospect

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. Friday. An arrest warrant has been issued for the man be­lieved to be the owner or renter of the two homes raided.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Comedy night targets serious problem

    Animal advocates are using comedy to take aim at a serious problem.
    The third annual Funny Fundraiser to benefit the Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund will be held at 8 p.m. May 16 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/19/2014

    April 18, 2014

  • Early morning police raid in Prospect area leads to arrest warrant

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. this morning.

    April 18, 2014

  • No Lion: 3 busted for nude photo at Penn State shrine

    Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.

    April 18, 2014

  • 5 things to know for Friday in Pennsylvania

    A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:

    April 18, 2014


Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

I'm not sure
     View Results
Order Photos

Photo Slideshow

House Ads