Several central Ohio municipalities are pursuing a state Local Government Innovation Fund grant to study the feasibility of using CNG to fuel their vehicles. The Local Government Innovation Fund can provide up to $100,000 for feasibility studies on projects expected to “create more efficient and effective service delivery within a specific discipline of government services for one or more entities.” The grants, which require a 10 percent match, are awarded twice a year.
On July 10, New Albany City Council authorized applications for a $100,000 grant.
New Albany is working on the study with Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Worthington, Jefferson Township, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus City Schools, and Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. The study is intended to show “the feasibility of investing in CNG service vehicles, sharing CNG fueling infrastructure and vehicle maintenance, cooperative CNG vehicle purchasing and employee training,” according to the resolution passed by New Albany City Council. Dublin and Columbus already are using some CNG in vehicles, while Columbus has a CNG fueling station and Dublin opened a CNG fueling station June 28. Dublin already has a contract with Columbus to allow Columbus vehicles to refuel in Dublin as needed.