What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in early October and lasting into spring 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in St. Louis Park’s Fern Hill neighborhood along the following streets: Toledo Avenue S. from 26th Street W. to Minnetonka Boulevard; Salem Avenue S. from 26th to 27th Streets W. and from 28th to 29th Streets W.; Raleigh Avenue S. from 26th Street W. to Minnetonka Boulevard; Quentin Avenue S. from 29th Street W. to Minnetonka Boulevard; Princeton Ave. S. from 26th St. W. to 26th ½ Lane and from 28th St. W. to Minnetonka Blvd.; Ottawa Avenue S. from 28th Street W. to Minnetonka Boulevard; 26th Street W. from Quentin to Princeton Avenues S.; and 29th Street W. from Toledo to Quentin Avenues S. and at Monterey Parkway.


While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. Parking and sidewalk closures may occur.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?

The construction crews and personnel will continue to use the Covid-19 Customer Permission Flyer, which requests customer permission prior to entering homes. Personnel, contractors and CenterPoint Energy employees will continue to practice CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitary practices and wearing face masks when entering customer homes.

What if I have an inside gas meter?

The customer will receive a CenterPoint Energy postcard in the mail typically within one or two weeks prior to the day when the Michels Corporation crews will perform the work. The crews will have CenterPoint Energy-authorized photo IDs stating that they are employees of Michels Corporation.


After the customer receives the postcard, the foreman will arrive at the customer’s house to schedule an appointment that typically meets with the customer’s schedule. If the customer isn’t home when they arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.


Customers are advised to set aside a two- to four-hour time frame for the inside-to-outside gas meter move. They are also advised to mark their privately-installed utilities such as dog fences or sprinklers. Marking can be accomplished with tools such as spray paint or utility flags. The foreman will access the natural gas meter inside the house, move the meter outside, and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated.


Customers with outside meters will be notified prior to the replacement or connection of the service lines to the new mains. Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition.

What should I expect during restoration?

On the soft surfaces such as boulevards and lawns, various erosion control measures keep the restored area moist, hold seed in the soil, and enhance seed germination. If an erosion blanket is needed it is secured in place with staples. The mesh is a wood fiber that will completely degrade. Prior to mowing the restored area, remove any loose staples that secured the blanket.