The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 20, 1946 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 20, 1946
Page 14
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PAGE FOURTEEN BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER-NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1946 |J A Frank Statement Regarding THE GAS FRANCHISE It has come to our attention that some of the leading citizens of Blytheville are under the impression that Arkansas-Missouri Power Company is opposed to the City Council granting a franchise to any company for supplying gas to Blytheville because we are afraid of competition in the use of gas for cooking and water heating. This is a misapprehension. We will welcome and cooperate with any company that comes to Blytheville with a sufficient amount of gas to furnish all the people for their homes and buildings, for heating, cooking, water heating, or for any other use to which gas may be applied. If electricity cannot compete with gas on the basis of safety, service, availability, cleanliness, coolness, lack of odor, and reasonable cost for cooking and water heating, then we deserve to lose the business When the subject of the issuance by the Council of a franchise to T. L. James Company for supplying Propane Gas was first discussed a few months ago, we met in an informal discussion with the Council and requested that we be given sixty days in which to investigate the possibility of bringing natural gas and distributing it too!! potential ' customers in Blytheville. Not having a gas man on our staff, we employed a non-affiliated expert, at $100 a day, to make a survey for*" us. His investigation was very thorough and we found that we could not guarantee reasonable service at reasonable rates within a reasonable time because a line would have to be built across the Mississippi River, or from the United Gas, St. Louis Pipeline, some eighty miles away. Such a line would be very expensive and materials difficult to obtain. We informed Mayor Jackson of our decision in the following letter: ^•^7 .... fviarch 13, 1946 Mr. E. R. Jackson, Mayor »•: ••*" -"i City of Blytheville Blytheville, Arkansas ^ IT Dear Mr. Jackson: On January 19, 1946 Mr. Thomas and I appeared !*' jointly with Mr. William A. Green, Manager of the Gas Department of Arkansas Power & Light Company, Jonesboro, and discussed at some length the probability of obtaining natural gas for Blytheville. You and the Council very courteously postponed for sixty days your decision with reference to granting a fran- chise to another company which had offered Propane gas, until we could make a study of the possibilities of obtaining the gas supply. We have completed our study of the distribution system for Blytheville; Arkansas Power & Light Company is making a similar study of the distribution for Blytheville in conjunction with a distribution system for Luxora and Osceola and other towns. Also, Arkansas Power & Light is making a study of the cost and possibilities of purchasing gas from the Memphis Natural Gas Company, which has a line extending fiom Memphis to Dyersburg, Tennessee. In order to obtain gas from the pipeline on the east side of the River it would naturally be necessary to build a transmission line across the River and tap the line extending from Blytheville to Osceola. Building a transmission line from Ripley, Tennessee for Blytheville alone, is so expensive that the gas rate for Blytheviflc would be prohibitive unless it were combined with Osceola, Luxora and other towns. Since Arkansas Power & Light Company has the contracts for all gas sold in Arkansas from the Memphis Natural Gas Company and we have no such contracts, we think it advisable that you and the Council negotiate hereafter directly with the Arkansas Power and Light Company. We highly appreciate your graciousness in granting us time to make the study. We have a copy of our consultant's report which you may study at your convenience, if you so desire. Yours very truly, ' (Signed) JAS. HILL, Jr. } President. • We have been informed that the Arkansas Western Gas Company is now studying a plan of bringing natural gas to Blytheville and the Mayor has appointed a Committee of reliable business men to assist him in making recommendations to the Council on whether a franchise should be issued to T. L. James Company or to the Arkansas Western Gas Company : for; furnishing natural gas,. The Committee appointed by the Mayor is made^'up 6? successful business men with mature judgment and we are confident they will investigate the subject thoroughly and completely and give Mayor Jackson and the City Council an opinion that will be to the best interests of Blytheville. No member of our organization is on the Committee and we have no interest whatsoever in it, except to cooperate with whomever obtains the franchise in building Blytheville into a bigger and better City. The Arkansas Power & Light Company of Little Rock, made an investigation simultaneously with ours, but requested additional time to report to the Mayor after we had written him that we could not furnish the gas. We understand that recently Arkansas Power & Light Company withdrew its application for a . permit to investigate the possibilities. Jas. Hill, Jr. President 'Ti

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