theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

August 2, 2013

Voters to decide on gas franchise

Eric Swanson Staff Writer adanewsreporter@cableone.net
www.theadanews.com

Ada —

Later this month, voters will decide whether CenterPoint Energy should supply natural gas to Ada residents for another quarter century.

Ada’s registered voters will go to the polls Aug. 13 to approve or reject CenterPoint’s franchise agreement with the city. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. that day.

Early voting will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at Pontotoc County Election Board office, 131 W. 13th St., and continue until 6 p.m. Voters may also cast advance ballots between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the election board office.

People who wait until Aug. 13 will vote at their assigned polling place because the election board office will not be open for voting that day.

CenterPoint’s franchise agreement with the city was due to expire earlier this year, but Ada City Council voted on June 4 to renew the agreement for another 25 years. That decision set the stage for the upcoming election, since state law requires voter approval for all franchise agreements.

The agreement authorizes CenterPoint to continue operating its natural gas distribution system and pay the city a franchise fee, which equals 2 percent of gross sales. The system is a joint venture between CenterPoint and Oklahoma Gas and Electric.

The city’s attorney, Frank Stout, did not return calls seeking comment.