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April 24, 2014, 7:46 am
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Aldermen Approve Bi-Fuel Conversion Proposal


Springfield aldermen approved a measure to spend $240,000 on bi-fuel conversion kits for 24 different city vehicles.

 

The plan will convert the city owned vehicles, giving them the ability to burn both propane and gasoline.

 

Propane is cheaper per gallon, burns cleaner and doesn’t diminish vehicle performance, however miles per gallon is taken down 5 to 10 percent, according to Budget Director BIll McCarty.

 

Several aldermen, including Frank Edwards, Doris Turner, Gail Simpson and Cory Jobe opposed the idea, not because it’s not a good idea, but because they says the proposal should be put together more uniformly.

 

Edwards says he wants to see the grant application submitted, request for proposals and more documentation on the conversion kits and installation.

 

McCarty says that two different grants, one for the city and one for the installer to go towards the city as a rebate, will cover the cost of the conversion.

 

Mayor Mike Houston was the deciding yes vote passing the ordinance 6 to 5.

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