The Elk River Public Utilities Board (ERPUD) commissioners have approved hiring a Georgia-based company to perform the utility’s yearly gas survey. The commissioners approved the contract that will pay Southern Cross Corp., of Norcross, Ga., a total of $14,800 to complete the survey of all ERPUD’s distribution lines in Estill Springs, Sewanee and Cowan, which amounts to approximately 250 miles of mains serving about 5,000 customers. The survey checks for leaks on ERPUD’s distribution system. The project added to that list this week will provide natural gas service to homes in the Cherokee Estates subdivision currently under development in Decherd. ERPUD already provides service to the area surrounding the future Cherokee Estates, but has not yet moved into that subdivision.