Bid process underway for former gas station

Closure of storage tanks up for RFPs

The city of Johnstown-owned former Hi-Way Oil site on North Perry Street as seen Sept. 20. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday approved seeking bids for construction services for closure of underground storage tanks at the former Hi-Way Oil Inc. property, which the city owns.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is requiring that the tanks at 237 North Perry St. be permanently closed.

City officials voted Monday at City Hall to seek sealed, written bids. Specifications and bid forms were available for $10 each through this week from C.T. Male Associates, P.C. of Latham. Bids will be publicly opened by City Clerk Cathy VanAlstyne and City Engineer Christopher Vose at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at City Hall. The city says it reserves the right to reject any, and all, bids.

The city in fall 2016 acquired the former Hi-Way Oil Inc. gas station for delinquent taxes. The DEC wants the city to remove the underground tanks as soon as possible, and the city is contracting out to have work done.

The council in January hired C.T. Male Associates for $12,500 to design a Hi-Way Oil project. A separate part of the project will include a review of the property’s asbestos situation.

Council members on Monday also passed another resolution related to Hi-Way Oil.

The resolution notes it is “necessary to obtain data on the soil contents” from this site for future design purposes.

C.T. Male Associates has received a proposal from QC/QA Laboratories Inc. of Schuylerville, Saratoga County, to perform drilling services for $5,300. The council authorized that firm to conduct drilling at 237 North Perry St. to obtain data on the soil contents.

In other business, the council and Mayor Vern Jackson noted several upcoming events in the city.

A Fall Festival and Halloween Parade is set to begin at noon Oct. 28 at City Hall and proceed down Main Street to the downtown Sir William Johnson Park. Annual Trick-of-Treat activities will be conducted in the city from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin announced the Johnstown Historical Society in November will sponsor a Festival of Wreaths event to help fund repair and restoration of the historic Jimmy Burke Inn on South William Street.

Martin said a “holiday spirit” decorating contest is also set for Nov. 29 in the city. There will be judging and awards given to first, second and third place winners for business and residential contestants.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at