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Board to consider contract for installing fuel system

October 9, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will consider a contract today with a Schenectady firm to install a new fuel tank monitoring system at County Services Complex I due to a problematic state inspection this summer.

The proposed $18,427 contract with Northeast Petroleum Technologies was recently approved by the board's Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee and Finance Committee. The full board is due to review the contract for final approval today at the County Office Building.

County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost first told the Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee in July there was an "emergency" tank situation at County Services Complex I on Route 29 that had to be rectified.

Yost said he wanted to solicit quotes for replacement of an inoperable and obsolete underground leak-detection/tank-monitoring system at the complex. The existing Red Jacket system, operational since 1997, is obsolete, he said.

He said the state Department of Environmental Conservation on June 29 conducted a Petroleum Bulk Storage Program site inspection, determining the tank system had "several deficiencies." He said DEC indicated it could fine the county $37,500 per day if it doesn't fix the problem.

The board on Aug. 13 amended the county's 2012 Capital Plan to include a fuel tank monitoring system replacement project at an estimated cost of $26,000.

Yost recently told the two board committees three quotes were received and the one from Northeast Petroleum Technologies was the lowest at $18,427. The highest proposal totaled $26,500.

Yost told the Finance Committee the county needs to move quickly on the project due to the DEC inspection.

"We needed to advance it because of DEC issues at the complex," he said.

Yost recommended awarding the contract to Northeast Petroleum Technologies. Yost said his Fuel System Repair Reserve Fund currently has a balance of $39,321. He said the total cost of the project will be $19,427 because an additional $1,000 will be used for electric conduit, excavation and pavement repair costs.

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



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