County board continues natural gas talks

Exec: County could have saved $30K on heating in 2018

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 6:00 am

Traill County would have saved $30,000 on heating bills in 2018 if the Traill County Courthouse and the county highway department building in Hillsboro were reliant on natural gas, according to an estimate from a natural gas company executive.

County Auditor Glenda Haugen said Greg Palmer, chief executive officer for Dakota Natural Gas, informed the county that the $45,000 spent on propane gas and fuel oil last year would have dipped to $15,000 if natural gas had been available.

“That is a big difference,” Haugen told the Traill County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

County officials have been weighing the pros and cons of switching to natural gas the past month after being asked to sign a minimum-use agreement with Dakota Natural Gas in August.

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