Century Gas System Passes Public Service Commission Inspection

June 11, 2019

A recent Florida Public Service Commission inspection of the Town of Century natural gas system found the system has no issues.

“The gas system was found in satisfactory compliance with state and federal natural gas pipeline safety rules in the areas evaluated,” PSC Bureau of Safety Rick Moses wrote in the 191 page report obtained by NorthEscambia.com. The evaluation consisted of review and verification of related documents, field tests and interviews with employees.

Century’s gas system consists of 62.5 miles of steel and plastic mains with 916 service connections with 11 emergency valves and one gate station, according to the report.

“Office and field personnel have the right attitude, values, norms, and beliefs regarding safety and seem to be committed to a culture of safe operation of the system,” the report noted.

“All qualified employees that the staff worked with were up-to-date on their qualifications. Unqualified employees were under direct observation by qualified employees. The employees were trained to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions,” the PSC found.

Mayor Henry Hawkins and town council President Ann Brooks said earlier this month that Gas Superintendent Wally Kellett’s qualification had expired. Hawkins said it recently expired, while Brooks said it expired November 30, 2018.

Town Clerk Kim Godwin, who was promoted from the gas supervisor position, was the primary operator for the purpose of the PSC report as her qualification were still current. Kellett was also interviewed or participated in the inspection process.

Comments

9 Responses to “Century Gas System Passes Public Service Commission Inspection”

  1. Citizen on June 12th, 2019 8:22 pm

    @David
    absolutely one has to hold out a little hope the Mayor, and yes men and women figured out he,–they are cogs in the wheel, sunshine law and Florida Statutes are real, the grand jury and Izner gave professional feed back and either get on board or continue to be ignorant

    Reminds me of an ole movie The Jerk

    Nathans needs to figure out the difference between Shhush and shinola..

    numbers don’t lie and the audit is a coming..

    Me:

    for running and water and flushing toilets

  2. David Huie Green on June 12th, 2019 6:01 am

    REGARDING:
    “Some will support the underdog if you All would get on the same page. Stop the blame game. Step up to the plate”

    It is hard to get on the same page if the book is kept closed. The council could not make informed decisions as long as needed information is hidden or kept from them.

    David for open books

  3. Citizen on June 11th, 2019 7:58 pm

    OK..then do this. You have the franchise area. Show us what you can do. Can you use the municipality status to get a grant to replace the lift stations? Believe it or not. Some will support the underdog if you All would get on the same page. Stop the blame game. Step up to the plate. You have feedback. Positive attitude, prayers and affirmations will take you a little ways but not all the way. Mean crowd out in the public opinion court. Gold walks through the fire. Dross gets burnt.

    Workshop Wednesday. Don’t be dross.

  4. BIG JOHN on June 11th, 2019 2:42 pm

    WELL, WELL, SOMETHING IS WORKING GOOD IN CENTURY! NOW IF THE REST OF THE MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL CAN GET ON THE SAME PAGE AND WORK TOGETHER JUST MAYBE, AND I SAY JUST MAYBE . THE TOWN OF CENTURY CAN GET BACK ON IT FEET , IF NOT, WELL THEN THE STORY GO’S ON AS CENTURY TURN I HOPE NOT BUT WE WELL SEE !!!!!

  5. chris on June 11th, 2019 9:49 am

    Mechanical system? A-ok.
    Personnel and leadership? epic fail!

  6. Bob on June 11th, 2019 9:13 am

    Lets see…

    1) Century Gas passes inspection, but they are losing 50% of their gas purchased.
    2) So if the system is ok (no leaks) then the loss must be pilferage, billing or something else.
    3) What happen to the other half of the gas that is missing???

    This tells me that the problem is management and not the actual process of the distribution of gas. So some form of human intervention has caused the loss…

    As the world turns…

  7. sam on June 11th, 2019 7:59 am

    glad there is some good news out of the century nightmare. now if the town could just figure out who is paying their bills and who is getting gas and water free of charge.

  8. Oversight on June 11th, 2019 6:15 am

    Hmmm… 916 gas service connections – you don’t say?! The town is only billing for around 300, right? So here’s your sign, Century. Billing only for about one third of service connections is not ever going to have acceptable results for revenue. It is among these numbers of connections and the low billings that the town’s loss of natural gas will be found. Now on to the water/sewage department… LOL!!!!

  9. Citizen on June 11th, 2019 1:15 am

    Even though they were billing for about half the gas sold for years?
    Century needs to collect those past debts if they are serious about staying afloat. (among other things)

    The County is collecting old debts on the EMS debacle and also late on their audit BTW.





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