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City of Longmont Ballot Question 2A: Yes to Gas Franchise Agreement

City of Longmont Ballot Question 2A

Gas Franchise Agreement Extension



With the statewide weed measure and the city’s proposed fracking ban, Longmont’s ballot is full of sexy issues. This isn’t one of them.

This question asks if the Public Service Company of Colorado (Xcel Energy) can keep using pipes constructed under Longmont streets and other property to transport gas to homes.

It’s a renewal of a current franchise agreement from 1993, and it’s very common, says City Engineer Nick Wolfrum. He confirmed that almost every community in Colorado has franchise agreements for gas.

This agreement is the reason you don’t need a big tank in your back yard and don’t need gas delivered by truck. It won’t affect your rate. And it also makes the city money — Longmont will make 3 percent of Xcel’s sales, which is standard.

We endorse this measure, which Wolfrum says he hasn’t heard any opposition to, as common sense. Even those worried about Xcel suddenly building pipes across parks and open space can relax — construction in those areas would need prior approval from the city.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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