Four months and neighborhood still without gas

Constance Kuyouh's stove has been off for four months after gas was turned off.

After four months without natural gas, it appears thereâ??s no change for West Toledo homeowners.

Residents of GrayStone Woods, a community located just west of Holland-Sylvania Road on West Bancroft, have stocked up on space heaters getting ready for chilly fall temps. Meanwhile, it's finger pointing between the gas company and the home developer as to who is responsible.

Columbia Gas says the developer has to get gas levels down to zero, but the developer says tests have shown there are no problems. But the fact is, the gas is still off.

"It's been a royal inconvenience," said Constance Kuyouh, a GrayStone Woods resident. "Not having a clothes dryer to use, it was five weeks at least without a hot water tank."

If you had to live four months without natural gas like her, you might feel the same way too.

"We have a gas top stove and for the past few months, we've been using an electric skillet we brought at a local store," said Kuyouh's neighbor, John Insco.

For some in this West Toledo neighborhood, it feels like living in the frontier and it's been this way since May 31 when high levels of methane were detected.

Worried about an explosion, Columbia Gas turned off service to homes at Graystone Woods. Four months later, residents like John Insco got a letter about discontinued service just last week.

Like many of his neighbors, the process has left him confused.

"We have different people giving us different stories at different levels," Insco said.

Companies like Columbia Gas say levels must be at zero to be deemed safe. But donâ??t tell that to Insco, "When you look to your left, them look to your right, the streets that are right next to us actually have had readings."

Developers like Ron Hensley say months of tests by a company he hired show levels are safe.

Residents just want both sides to do one thing: "the builder and Columbia Gas will have made up their minds as far as what is going to happen here," Kuyou said.

If the gas company and the builder can't come up with a decision, according to homeowners, they'll meet in a couple of weeks to decide whether to collectively switch to electric.