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Columbia Gas of Ohio and German Village Society reach agreement on infrastructure improvement projects and meter relocation

Friday, September 29, 2017

Columbia Gas of Ohio and the German Village Society have reached a settlement agreement on the placement of natural gas meters in the historic community. Both parties agree that safety is the number one priority.

“I want to thank our customers for their patience during this time,” said Dan Creekmur, President of Columbia Gas of Ohio. “I am extremely proud of the personalized attention our team gave to each homeowner as we worked to safely relocate meters to outside locations while taking great care to maintain the historical integrity of the community.” 

The natural gas replacement project in the area of City Park and Blenkner began in May 2017. During the project, Columbia Gas replaced more than 3,000 feet of natural gas mainline, installed new service lines and relocated 68 meters to exterior locations. 

“We want to thank Columbia Gas for minimizing disruption to our community and maintaining our historic integrity while relocating meters,” said Shiloh Todorov, Executive Director of German Village Society. “We are confident through this settlement that ongoing work in the historic community of German Village will continue to have this focus to ensure that we maintain the work done for decades to preserve the historic nature of German Village.”

Highlights of the agreement: 

  • Columbia Gas will determine the safest location for the placement of the meters, which in most cases will be on the exterior of the property.
  • Columbia Gas will work directly with its customers to determine a mutually agreeable, safe location. Columbia Gas will encourage customers to include the Society in its meter relocation conversations so that the Society may offer input regarding historic preservation. 
  • The Society and Columbia Gas agree that if a safe location is identified on the rear of a building, and the property owner approves, preference will be given to this location.
  • Columbia Gas will partner with the Society on its sidewalk repair program.
  • Columbia Gas will paint meters and provide landscape to improve aesthetics, as requested by customers. 

“This agreement is a preservation win,” added Todorov. “We are pleased to recognize Columbia Gas as a preservation partner.” 

The terms of this agreement will apply to all planned Columbia Gas projects going forward. The company will continue to replace the aging bare steel and cast iron lines over the next several years throughout German Village. The agreement is subject to approval of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. 

For media inquiries:

  • Kelli Nowinsky, Manager, Communications, Columbia Gas of Ohio, (614) 634-1038
  • Shiloh Todorov, Executive Director, German Village Society, (614) 787-7129