The League will produce a video highlighting the city, the Athens Gas Department and the public CNG station. The city will receive recognition on May 3 at the League of Municipalities Convention in Mobile.
“We are excited to be recognized by the League of Municipalities for the Quality of Life Award with our efforts of going green and CNG,” Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “The League of Municipalities represents over 300 cities and towns throughout the State of Alabama and to receive such an award is another example of the great work that is being done in our community.”
The city’s CNG program was initiated when Gas Department Manager Steve Carter approached city leaders about converting the city’s larger fleet vehicles to CNG to address increased fuel costs.
Mayor Marks, Athens Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins and the Athens City Council opted to support Carter’s plan and construct a public CNG station for $614,360. The city’s public CNG station is at 1755 Trigreen Drive at the entrance to the Sportsplex on U.S. 31 near I-65 exit 354. Its opening in 2013 has promoted going green and reducing foreign fuel dependency by providing a fueling station for private vehicle owners and commercial and government fleets. The station services vehicles from across the nation, such as tractor trailers hauling goods across the country.
Source: City of Athens.