expensive and environmentally friendly fuel. The savings to county taxpayers is expected to run into the millions. The next step will be for the county commission to choose a natural gas company. Channel 4's Tarik Minor is joining us LIVE from the utilities department with a look at the first company to make a proposal. Tarik. 3 3 The county is considering converting their gasoline operated vehicles to cars and trucks powered solely on natural gas. One natural gas company is proposing to build a 2 million dollar natural gas fueling station here near the public works department which would provide natural gas for public and even private vehicles. 3 00-05 29-34 1'02-1'07 22:50:42"the benefits are much cheaper fuel, domestic, 150 a gallon saving and we're moving on to a cleaner fuel."Jorge Herrera's company NoPetro was the first natural gas company to present its proposal to St. Johns County. The idea is to convert their gas guzzlers to vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, which would be 1.33 cents cheaper per gallon to fill up.Herrera says natural gas is the wave of the future.22;29:51"last year 80 percent of all refuge trucks were compressed natural gas, 50 percent of all the transit trucks were compressed natural gas, so what we're seeing is a heavy transition of heavy sections, garbage trucks."County officials say converting each vehicle to natural gas, will cost them 6-10 thousands dollars, depending on the car or truck. But in the end, county officials says the savings add up, to the tune of 4.5 million dollars a year.22:42:55"The counties focused on our fleet, utility trucks, public works trucks, vehicles equipment."Public Works director Neal Shinkre says they are soliciting bids from other natural gas companies, in order to get the most competitive price. But NoPetro is also offering to fill up 100 private vehicles a day, in their own venture to promote what they say is a cleaner, cheaper fuel. 22: 44:44"the private vehicles is a venture they bring to the table, they have a marketing plan that has shown the county the ability to market the other fleets.'