QUINCY TOWNSHIP - SEMCO Energy Gas Company has placed several bundles of bright yellow tubing around the Copper Country in preparation for natural gas projects in Painesdale, Trimountain and Franklin and Quincy Townships.
David McCowen, marketing representative for SEMCO Energy Gas Company, met with several local individuals Wednesday to officially kick off the gas projects.
Michael Kosht, operation supervisor from SEMCO, said the crews are waiting on one more pipe shipment before beginning. The yellow pipes will be put about two to two-and-a-half feet into the ground.
"We're working in two areas," he said. "Painesdale and Trimountain are considered one."
McCowen said they hope to have the project completed by the end of September. He has also been accepting applications from households wanting natural gas heat.
"Don't remove your (current heating) equipment until we've come and gone," McCowen said.
Currently, residents living in Painesdale, Trimountain and Quincy Township as well as parts of Franklin Township use wood or oil to heat their homes during the cold months.
The switch to natural gas, which was only possible after receiving commitments from enough households, will save families hundreds of dollars in heating costs every winter.
"It's about time we bring this township into the 21st century," said Denny Mulari, Adams Township supervisor, during the visit in Painesdale.
The area in Quincy Township encompasses Quincy Hill and places like Frenchtown and surrounding areas.
"The folks up there have been waiting for this for a long time and asking for this," said Glenn Ekdahl, Franklin Township supervisor.