A fast natural gas fueling station is coming to Marianna. The nearly $300,000 project is expected to get underway in the next few months.
The city of Marianna currently has a growing fleet of three city vehicles which run on natural gas, fuel that costs the city less than half of what it would cost to fill up at gas station.
Therefore in looking to expand those savings and possibly make money. They're upgrading their slow-fueling station and constructing a fast-fueling one.
City Manager, Jim Dean, says there's the potential for the city to make a profit by allowing other agencies' vehicles to use it and fill up.
"You're paying about $3.40 for unleaded gasoline," said Dean. "We would probably charge just under two dollar for an equivalent gallon for natural gas. You cut your fuel in half and if you're using that vehicle quite a bit, you would recognize those savings pretty quick."
The fueling station will be constructed at the Public Works Department with money used from their reserve fund.