Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

June 9, 2014

City of Somerset getting into gas business

SOMERSET — A Somerset city official said the city, in an effort to stabilize gasoline prices, will start selling regular-grade gasoline at its fuel center on Chappells Dairy Road in about two weeks.

“All the equipment has been on order for about six weeks,” said George Wilson, economic development business coordinator for Somerset. He estimated it will take three or four days to install the equipment after it arrives.

Somerset is getting into the gasoline business because of city officials’ disagreement with private distributors about pricing. City counsel members claim Somerset is an island of high gasoline prices, often 20 to 30 cents more than in neighboring towns and across the state. Wilson said people get angry when they find lower gasoline prices in nearby towns.

“We will have 10 different nozzles (pumps) in a kiosk,” said Wilson. “An attendant will be on duty, probably from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., maybe later, to allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. Gasoline will be available at the pumps 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using credit cards, he noted.

Only regular (87 octane) gasoline will be sold,” Wilson said. The city will purchase gasoline from Continental Refining Company, the former Somerset Refinery. “The refinery is local ... it hires nearly 50 people.”

“Somerset won’t sell cigarettes or anything else, only regular gasoline, at the kiosk,” said Wilson.

Price of gasoline at city pumps will be determined by a regional average; an average of gasoline prices in cities within a 50-mile radius of Somerset, Wilson said.

City of Somerset Fuel Center is located off Clifty Road at 244 Chappells Dairy Road. The fuel center is a newly painted, sparkling fuel storage area. It is the former American Pride bulk plant purchased by the city for $300,000.

City engineer Reggie Chaney said the plant can store 40,000 gallons of gasoline, 40,000 gallons of diesel and 20,000 gallons of off-road diesel.

The fuel center is headquarters for the city’s compressed natural gas operation. Somerset is converting its entire city-owned fleet from gasoline to natural gas. The center was first in Kentucky to install pumps and equipment to fuel private vehicles powered by compressed natural gas.

BILL MARDIS is a editor emeritus of the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached at bmardis@somerset-kentucky.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ambulance.jpg Ambulance tipped over in accident

    A morning accident left an ambulance resting on its side Tuesday morning in front of the Paramount Arts Center on Winchester Avenue.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jesse Stuart Foundation celebrates 35 years

    The annual Jesse Stuart Foundation Open House from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 will be a huge celebration.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • 0729hagerman.jpg Hagerman talks law with Rotary

    At Monday’s lunchtime meeting of the Ashland Rotary Club, Boyd County Circuit Court Judge C. David Hagerman summed up current local legal trends — and how cases, courts and criminals have changed during his 20-plus year tenure.
     

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • POLICE BEAT: Houseguest steals valuables, nabbed at pawn shop

    Fish and houseguests both stink after three days — and much less time when a visitor pockets valuables without permission.
     

    July 28, 2014

  • 0728bank5.jpg Iconic Gate City bank torn down after partial collapse

    This weekend, Catlettsburg’s downtown silhouette lost one of its longest-lived landmarks.
    Demolition workers began to tear down one of the Gate City’s oldest downtown buildings following the former Catlettsburg National Bank’s partial collapse.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Study shows room for parking improvement

    It has been suggested that the parking layout along Winchester Avenue should change, bringing the city’s main thoroughfare down to two lanes.

    July 28, 2014

  • Anti-smoking tour kicks off in Ashland

    A scan in 2009 that was supposed to show doctors what was causing Deborah Cline’s eye problems by chance revealed the cancer in her lung.
    Two years later, Roger Cline watched his wife die of lung cancer. Deborah Cline was 59 and had never smoked.

    July 28, 2014

  • 0728bank5.jpg Gate City landmark demolished

    The historic Catlettsburg National Bank Building was being taken down after the front dormer window collapsed on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos

  • Local counties see drop in unemployment

    Boyd County was one of 117 counties that saw a decrease in its unemployment rate between June 2013 and June 2014.
     

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726bigboy.JPG Big Boy to open Aug. 11

    The long-awaited Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant will open Aug. 11, and when it does it will be business as usual from day one: the eatery will open its doors to the early breakfast crowd at 6:30.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone