Tank removal stalled until spring

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

JOHNSTOWN — In the month since the city rejected bids as too expensive for tank removal on a city property, officials decided to wait until spring to resolve the issue.

Three bids received for removal of underground storage tanks at the city-owned, former Hi-Way Oil Inc. property were rejected by the Common Council Nov. 20.

City Engineer Christopher Vose said Wednesday the tank removal issue will be revisited in the spring.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any change until after the winter,” Vose said.

He said the city’s not sure which path to take next with the project. He said the city may eventually seek grant funding for the project.

Vose said the state Department of Environmental Conservation has been “very good” with the city, not forcing some kind of action at this time.

But DEC is requiring that the tanks at the former Hi-Way Oil, 237 North Perry St., be permanently closed.

Bids rejected previously by the council, which Vose previously termed “way above and beyond what was anticipated,” were: Northeast Petroleum Technologies, Inc. — $199,689; Paragon Environmental Construction Inc. — $227,900; and American Petroleum Equipment & Construction — $230,387.

The city engineer said in November no grant money was currently available for the tank removal. He said the project might have to be done in-house by the city Department of Public Works.

In fall 2016, the city acquired the former Hi-Way Oil Inc. gas station for delinquent taxes. The city initially decided to contract out for work.

The council in January hired C.T. Male Associates, P.C. of Latham for $12,500 to design the project.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.