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Robbie Colvin
Gas Department Superintendent

The City of Monticello connects with a major interstate natural gas line in Jones County (Gray, GA) bringing low cost high quality gas to the City and distributes it along the way.

The City of Monticello adds an odorant to the gas to make it smell like “rotten eggs” for safety purposes, since gas has no odor. This smell is to help alert people of a gas leak before the leak becomes dangerous. If you smell gas, call 911 right away. The Gas Department will be contacted and the leak will be remediated before it becomes a hazard.

For more information on gas safety, visit:

If you want natural gas service from the City of Monticello, call (706) 468-6062.


A deposit is required to allow flow of gas through the meter into a place to use the gas.


A “tap” is required to connect and install a new service line from the main gas line to a place which does not currently have a gas service line and location for a gas meter.



The City of Monticello is now offering financing for the upfront cost of natural gas appliances as well as installation cost. Call 706-468-6062 to see if you qualify for 0% financing for up to 60 months on purchases up to $6,500.

Digging in your Yard

It is illegal to dig/excavate anywhere in the State of Georgia with mechanical digging (excavating) equipment without notifying the Utilities Protection Center (UPC) and obtaining a permit number, and then waiting the proper length of time before digging. You can request a permit number over the internet at and click on the “Homeowners” link. On the “Homeowners” page, click on the “Homeowners e-ticket” link and follow the instructions that appear.

“I am only digging a hole to plant a few flowers.” In this case, no, you do not have to contact the UPC. However, you need to ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I see any telephone lines, water pipes, gas pipes, etc., under the dirt?”
  • How deep will the hole be?”
  • If I dig this hole, will it expose lines?”

The best thing to do is to have the lines located and to dig away from these lines, and to know how deep the lines are. If you do not take these precautions, you may cut into these lines. This is not a good thing:

  • You could cut the phone line and come upon a medical emergency before the phones are cut back on.
  • You could cut the gas line, allowing for your house to fill with gas and blow up.

It is best to call the UPC at 811 before doing any underground digging.

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