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A tale of two cities: Beulah passes, Hazen fails utility vote

6/18/09 (Thu)

The votes are tallied and certified. The election held last week on June 11 in both Beulah and Hazen to allow the cities to form a municipal utility with the purpose of owning or leasing a natural gas pipeline distribution system within each city.

The vote passed in Beulah 205 to 95 – while floundering in Hazen, 150 in favor to 163 opposed.

The ballot tallies came as a shock to Jerry Rushmore, Major Pipelines L.L.C., Grand Rapids, Mich.

"It’s kind of amazing that one city would like to reduce its energy prices by tens of thousands of dollars per year and the other city isn’t interested in that," Rushmore said.