Somerset officials to consider selling gasoline

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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Somerset plan to discuss the possibility of the city getting into the gasoline business.

Mayor Eddie Girdler told council members this week that a plan is in place that would allow the city to sell regular gasoline if councilors approved it.

Girdler told the Commonwealth Journal (http://bit.ly/1pBpbTv) that the move is in response to complaints about high gas prices in the area.

Girdler said the city has a gas processing plant equipped with pumps that is already used to fill up city vehicles such as police cars and ambulances. He said the city is in negotiations to purchase enough gasoline to open it to the public.

"We really worked up a very good plan to utilize an investment the city has already made," said Girdler. " ... We don't have to do any more investing."

A finalized plan is expected to be presented to city officials in the next two months.

Girdler said the goal is to bring some competition to the area.

"Most companies, if they wanted to, could reduce their prices 5 to 10 cents," said Girdler. "If they want to lower prices and keep them there, we will pull out."

Girdler said the city's gas would cost less than what's currently offered at stations around town.

"It'll be significantly lower than the competition," said Girdler, "Or we wouldn't do it."

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Information from: Commonwealth Journal, http://www.somerset-kentucky.com

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