Customer Notification of Excess Flow Valve (EFV) Installation

Note: This notification is being delivered to fulfill a requirement as part of a rulemaking passed down from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Association that takes effect on April 14, 2017.

Dear Valued Customer,
You may request that the City of Alton install an excess flow valve (EFV) on the gas line to your property. EFVs are mechanical shut-off devices that a utility can install in the gas pipe running from the gas main to the gas meter at your property (the “service line”). An EFV is designed to stop the gas flow if the service line is broken, for example, by an excavation accident. Stopping the gas flow from a broken service line significantly reduces the risk of natural gas fire, explosion, personal injury and/or property damage.

If you notify us that you want an EFV, we will contact you to set up a mutually agreeable date when we will install an EFV on your service line.

1. Potential advantages & disadvantages of Excess Flow Valves (EFVs).

a. An EFV is designed to shut off the gas flow if the service line is severed between the gas main and the meter set.

b. What an EFV won’t do?

– An EFV is NOT designed to close if a leak occurs beyond the gas meter on house piping or appliances. An EFV also may not close if the leak on the service line is small.

c. Possibility of EFV activation (closure) if the customer adds load.

– If you add, for example, more gas appliances, a pool heater, emergency generator, etc., the additional gas flow may cause the EFV to close.

2. EFV Installation and Replacement Costs

a. Installation Cost

i. You will be billed for the cost of installing the EFV. The average installation cost is typically $700-$1200. Not included in the estimated cost are cement or asphalt streets, landscaping and other utilities; the actual installation cost will depend on the difficulty of installation. We will inform you of the actual cost before you make the final decision that you want an EFV.

b. Replacement Cost

i. You will be billed for the cost of installing the EFV. The average installation cost is typically $700-$1200. Not included in the estimated cost are cement or asphalt streets, landscaping and other utilities; the actual installation cost will depend on the difficulty of installation. We will inform you of the actual cost before you make the final decision that you want an EFV.

c. What might trigger a need to replace the EFV?

i. Customer adds load: EFV replacement may be necessary if you add additional gas appliances, such as a pool heater or emergency generator that exceeds the capacity of the EFV.
ii. EFV fails closed/open: EFV replacement may be necessary if the EFV malfunctions (sticks open or closed).
iii. Probability of failure based on industry experience: Industry experience is that EFVs rarely malfunction.

3. If a service-line customer requests EFV installation and the load does not exceed 1,000 SCFH and the conditions listed below are not present, the operator must install an EFV at a mutually agreeable date.

a. The service line does not operate at a pressure of 10 psig or greater throughout the year;
b. The operator has prior experience with contaminants in the gas stream that could interfere with the EFV’s operation or cause loss of service to a customer;
c. An EFV could interfere with necessary operation or maintenance activities, such as blowing liquids from the line; or
d. An EFV meeting the performance standards in § 192.381 is not commercially available to the operator
IMPORTANT NOTE: EFVs cannot be installed on some service lines due to high gas flow, low pressure or other factors. If you request an EFV but your service line cannot accommodate an EFV, the City of Alton will inform you.

Diagram to illustrate an EFV:

Notice of Public Hearing – 2016 E. Division St. Paving Improvements

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of Alton, Iowa will meet at City Hall, 905 – 3rd Avenue, Alton, Iowa, on the 24th day of May, 2016 at 6:00 P.M., and will hold a public hearing on the proposed plans and specifications, form of contract, and opinion of probable cost for construction of the 2016 East Division Street Paving Improvements project. At said public hearing, any interested persons may appear and state or file objections to the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and opinion of probable cost for this project. The City Council will consider all objections to said items and hear interested persons. Thereafter, the City Council will enter its decision on the plans, specifications, form of contract and opinion of probable cost by resolution.

Published upon order of the City Council of Alton, Iowa.

by: /s/ Dale Oltmans, City Administrator of Alton, Iowa

Notice 2013-02-15

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF ALTON

2/15/2013 5:30PM
ALTON CITY HALL
905 3RD AVENUE
ALTON, IOWA 51003

The Alton Planning and Zoning Board will conduct a hearing at the time and date specified above, to consider amending the General Commercial District Zoning by adding new residential uses to Sec 8.2 Special Exception Uses of Article VIII GC for The City of Alton. The City Council encourages the public to attend and will receive written and oral comments from the public at this time. A copy of the proposed amendment or portions thereof is on file at the Alton City Office, 905 Third Avenue, Alton, IA. Written comments will be accepted at the Alton City Office. Please send written comments to: City of Alton, PO Box 910, Alton, Ia 51003-0910. For additional information or to make arrangements for handicapped or non-English speaking individuals, please contact Dale Oltmans, City Clerk at 712-756-4314, or at the above address.

Please take notice hereof and govern yourselves accordingly.

Dale Oltmans, City Clerk/Administrator

Notice 2013-02-15

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF ALTON CITY COUNCIL

2/15/2013 5:30PM

ALTON CITY HALL
905 3RD AVENUE
ALTON, IOWA 51003

The Alton City Council will conduct a hearing at the time and date specified above, to consider amending the General Commercial District Zoning by adding new residential uses to Sec 8.2 Special Exception Uses of Article VIII GC for The City of Alton. The City Council encourages the public to attend and will receive written and oral comments from the public at this time. A copy of the proposed amendment or portions thereof is on file at the Alton City Office, 905 Third Avenue, Alton, IA. Written comments will be accepted at the Alton City Office. Please send written comments to: City of Alton, PO Box 910, Alton, Ia 51003-0910. For additional information or to make arrangements for handicapped or non-English speaking individuals, please contact Dale Oltmans, City Clerk at 712-756-4314, or at the above address. Please take notice hereof and govern yourselves accordingly. Dale Oltmans, City Clerk/Administrator

Notice 2012-09-26

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF ALTON

9/26/2012 4:30PM

CITY HALL
905 3RD AVENUE
ALTON, IOWA 51003

As a property owner within two-hundred feet of the subject property, you are entitled to receive notice of this hearing. The Board of Adjustment will conduct a hearing at the time and date specified above, in order to consider a variance for Babcock Locker, whose property is located at 109 9th St, Alton, Ia. The variance request is to build an addition, which does comply with the setback requirements. The Board encourages the public to attend and will receive written and oral comments from the public at this time. Written comments will be accepted at the City Office. Please send them to: The City of Alton, c/o Board of Adjustment, PO Box 910, Alton, IA 51003-0910. Additional information is available at the City Office. The City of Alton encourages emotionally, mentally, and physically challenged persons to participate in this public meeting. Persons with physical, speech, or visual impairments, are requested to notify City Hall, (712) 756-4314, two working days in advance of the scheduled meeting to ensure accommodations for participation.