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City of Marianna Discusses Bringing Compressed Natural Gas Refueling Station To Area

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Marianna City commissioners discussed bringing a compressed natural gas refueling station to the area in Wednesday's night workshop.

It's an idea that the city started considering two years ago. Since then, the city has acquired 4 vehicles that run on compressed natural gas or CNG.

The commission has heard two presentations already regarding a refueling station and Wednesday night, they were evaluating their options again.

With a projected cost close to $1,000,000, Commissioner John Roberts expressed concern that the city should be sure they would be able to make enough profit from the station.

David H. Melvin Engineering presented it would take about 65 thousand gallons per year or about 24 vehicles to break even.

Therefore, the city discussed trying to get other agencies, like the Jackson County School Board to perhaps convert school busses and therefore use the refueling station.

City Manager Jim Dean says it's a costly project but using CNG would save money.

"It is close to or a 50 percent savings on fuel cost," says Dean. He goes on to give an example of savings if the City of Marianna Police Department were to convert. "They use approximately 25,000 gallons of gasoline per year, so if you could cut that cost in half, you could potentially save yourself 20 to 30 thousand dollars a year," says Dean.