Columbia Gas of Ohio representatives said the company would work with German Village on the relocation of natural-gas meters but were vague on exactly what that means.

“We understand and respect the historic character of the community, which is why we have been and will continue to work closely with the city of Columbus, the German Village Society and residents to enhance our delivery system and minimize the impact of our work,” Kristin Begg, spokeswoman for Columbia Gas of Ohio, said in a prepared statement.

The statement was issued in response to the German Village Society issuing a “preservation action alert” March 15 in response to the gas company’s plans to repair gas lines in the neighborhood.

The German Village Society is asking residents to mobilize against a plan to move natural-gas meters to the outside of houses in the historic district.

As part of the work, which would affect 112 residential and business customers, gas meters would be moved to the exterior of properties, creating a visual nuisance, said Shiloh Todorov, society executive director.

The work is expected to begin in the summer.

Company officials had said relocating the meters outside is a matter of safety. Also, it would be more convenient for residents and workers, who would have to inspect the devices periodically.

For more on this story, see the March 23 issue of ThisWeek German Village Gazette.