City poised to remove tanks

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

JOHNSTOWN — The city is sticking to its schedule to go out to bid this month to remove underground tanks at the city’s former Hi-Way Oil Inc. gas station property on North Perry Street.

City Engineer Christopher Vose said Thursday the project to eventually raze structures at the property is moving along.

“We’re still on our same timeline,” he said.

The city, as of fall 2016, acquired the former Hi-Way Oil Inc. gas station at 237 N. Perry St. for delinquent taxes. Vose reported last month to the Common Council that the state Department of Environmental Conservation wants the city to remove the underground tanks as soon as possible. The city is contracting out to have that work done.

Vose said the council will consider putting the tank removal part of the project out to bid at its next meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at City Hall.

But the city engineer said the city will down the line be working inhouse to demolish the Hi-Way Oil building.

The council in January hired C.T. Male Associates of Johnstown for $12,500 to design a project. A separate part of the project will include a review of the property’s asbestos situation, which may cost about $1,000. The hope is the asbestos situation at Hi-Way Oil will be clean so the city can do further work in-house instead of hiring a more expensive outside contractor.

Vose said he would like to have the city approve a low bid for tank removal by Nov. 6, and be done with the project by year’s end.

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