City of Banning and school district seek funds for a new CNG station

September 6, 2019. For now, moving ahead to build a joint-use compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on property between the school district and the city of Banning, California, are on hold, as both municipalities hold out for potential grants.

   “The focus on joint construction with Banning Unified School District and the city has taken a back seat” as they await the results of grant applications the school district has sent in, Public Works Director Art Vela told city council at its Aug. 27 meeting.

   The school district should hear back from its potential funding source by November, Vela reported. So far, the district has received $275,000, he said.

   The original design of a CNG fueling facility is to build adjacent to their current facility at the corporate yard on Lincoln Street. Part of it would be built on property owned by the city; the other half would encompass property owned by the school district.

   For the time being, Vela recommended the city share the cost with the school district $25,000 towards reconstruction of a 50-horsepower compressor as backup, in order to accommodate the city’s transit buses and street sweeper, along with more than 20 buses from the school district. Without the backup, vehicles would have to go to Hemet, Moreno Valley, Redlands or Palm Springs to fuel up.