Enterprise Looking at Lowering Its Foreign Fuels Use

In the near future, the cooking oil used in frying foods will power many of Enterprise's 200 vehicle motor fleet.

Next week, Mayor Kenneth Boswell will hold a forum for city restaurant operators. He will ask for their used cooking oil and grease, common by-products in the eatery business.

The mayor says it's a win-win. It will power vehicles and keep the material out of the wastewater system.

"To start a series of meetings, hopefully to get restaurants to provide us with their waste byproducts and use as fuel for our city," said Mayor Boswell.

For longtime Enterprise Restaurant Owner, Ron Jones, he is excited about the prospect of providing grease and other byproducts for fuel, and to help the environment.

"I think it's something to look at as far as providing a source for fuel and to keep the area clean without it going into our wastewater system," said Jones.

Morgan McCracken, heavy equipment operator, is excited about the prospect of fueling his truck on bio-diesel, getting away from foreign oil and at the same time, keeping the environment free of harmful grease.

"Anything to help reduce our reliance on foreign fuel is a good thing for sure," says McCracken.

Enterprise restaurant owners are being asked to meet next Tuesday at 9 a.m. at City Hall. Mayor Boswell is expected to map out his plan for the used cooking oil and grease.

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  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Jul 24, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    Gee, maybe with all the savings from cooking oil, Boswell can recind his sales tax hike he stuck us with last May. Wonder when he going to do something about all the illegal aliens in Enterprise?
  • by John Location: Hartford on Jul 24, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    Great idea to use this to cut fuel costs. Now what's in it for the restaurant owners. Their costs are increasing due to high fuel costs, the city just raised the tax rate to 8.5% and yet I have seen little in the news as to what the city is doing for them. Maybe they will get some kind of tax break for doing this I hope so as small business owners who run a lot of these restaurants are getting hit real hard. Maybe cut the water bill for them or something to help them out too.
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