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Letters to the editor, April 23

Vote to create gas utility

Having served as an original member of the joint city/chamber economic development partnership board for six years, I observed numerous instances where we were unable to respond to major prospect proposals due to a limited access of natural gas.

Since 1999, the city of Denton Comprehensive Plan has designated an 8,300-acre area near Denton Enterprise Airport as the primary zone for industrial use. This area includes Aldi, Peterbilt and Target. This is a natural designation for this area, based on the confluence of Interstate 35 East and West and U.S. Highway 380.

There are significant parcels of land available; the only “missing link” is additional natural gas. Existing private infrastructure for gas distribution in this area is at capacity.

The city of Denton already operates several utilities, including electric, water and wastewater, and is prudent in calling a public referendum on May 11 to authorize creation of a gas utility. Approval by the voters will allow Denton Municipal Electric to install a pipeline into this area, through which natural gas will be distributed.

The pipeline will only be utilized for industrial purposes. An agreement directly with the companies in this specific area would prevent curtailment of volume necessary to continue operations during excessive cold temperatures. Having this dependable source of nature gas will position our city to compete for new major employers and expand the tax base.

Please vote yes in support for the creation of a gas utility on May 11.

Jerry Mohelnitzky,
Denton