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JDA Discuss Natural Gas Questionnaire

By Staff | Apr 22, 2016

At a Wednesday afternoon meeting, the Rugby Job Development Authority board discussed a first draft of questions for a natural gas feasibility study.

The study included questions for heating sources, and whether businesses and residents would want to support and connect to a natural gas system.

Board member Nathan Kunde said the questionnaire was misleading, as it would give citizens the idea that Rugby was going forward with forming a municipal natural gas utility.

“At what point did the City Council decide to do a municipal system?” Kunde asked.

Kunde also said the study should include more sources than natural gas and propane, including off-peak electric heating.

“Right now this study says I have two options,” Kunde said.

Executive Director Joseph T. Pelt said it is a proposed study, and board member Bonnie Kuhnnemund added that she saw nothing in the draft that said the city was doing a municipal utility.

Board president Fr. Tom Graner said the first question in the study – “Do you have propane heat or does your home have a forced air or boiler heating system?” – was confusing and should have been broken into separate questions.

Board member Joel Berg asked if question 6 – “Would you be supportive of a municipal gas system?” – should be rephrased for citizens to not assume the city will go forward with forming a municipal utility. Rugby auditor Elizabeth Heisey asked if not, then who would fund it. Kunde said the study should determine if a municipal utility or a private company running the natural gas infrastructure would be feasible. Berg said the study would determine who would use natural gas. Heisey said whether city, businesses and residents support it would still need to be known.

Board member Mike McNeff asked what KLJ Engineering’s role was in the feasibility study. Pelt said KLJ helped formulate questions and will help distribute the final questionnaires and crunch numbers.


The board approved a motion to change meeting times to the third Wednesday of each month at 7 a.m.

The board approved a motion to spread information about library and recreation program mill levies on the city’s election ballot.

The board discussed expanding board membership.

The board approved the March meeting minutes and the treasurer’s report.

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