A nearly 12,000 foot natural gas extension could be on its way to the town of Maine.

If approved, the line would run between Shadowbrook Road and Maine Memorial Elementary School on Route 26.

The town recently applied for $60,000 in funding from Broome County's Small Community Fund, to help pay for the extension.

Most residents in Maine heat their homes with oil, propane, or even firewood.

Officials say bringing in natural gas would attract more businesses while saving them money.

"Everything is centered around the hamlet area but when you look at the broad spectrum of the three local churches, the school and all the businesses, it would definitely benefit everybody,” said Maine Town Supervisor Jim Tokos.

The finished project is set to cost $950,000.If Maine earns the grant, NYSEG and a former resident have pledged to match it.