RC Council Tables DTE Request For Easement
Wed, 21 Apr 2021 17:21:23 EDT

Rogers City Council members have tabled a request from DTE Energy for a property easement.

The company wants to rebuild and locate a natural gas vault in a 30 by 40 foot easement (.028 acres) within a City-owned public parking lot at Erie and Fourth. The company has been informed that was unlikely as the parking lot is slated for improvements and a loss of spaces may be counterproductive, but it would be presented to council.

DTE is willing to pay 75-hundred dollars ($7,500.00), so they could relocate and replace an existing district regulator which reduces gas pressure to a lower delivery pressure and then supplies it into the adjacent distribution system.

Council members also noted along with parking lot placement, another location might be better so the fenced area would not impede foot or vehicle traffic between museums, attractions, and other business operators. Plus, it's also believed the school has been approached with a similar request which may be a better location, that being near the Grambau Center.

The city attorney feels requesting voters to approve the sale of property is not necessary, but the council tabled the issue until their next meeting. That will allow staff to collect additional information and if another nearby location in the parking lot may be suitable.

A natural gas distribution vault (DTE).


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