City Council discusses fuel tank

The installation of an above-ground fuel tank at the Marietta streets department garage on Alderman Street would cost an estimated $45,529, according to a report before city council’s lands, buildings and parks committee Tuesday.

“That’s the total rough estimate right now, and includes a 10 percent contingency,” said city engineer Joe Tucker.

He said the project would include a 3,000-gallon split tank to hold 1,500 gallons of gasoline and 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel for all city vehicles.

“We’re also looking at designing the tank so that a generator could be hooked up to run it in case of a power outage,” Tucker said.

City police chief Brett McKitrick asked the council members in August to consider installing a city-owned fuel tank after the department ran into some problems obtaining fuel in the days following the June 29 derecho storm that knocked out power in the area and limited the amount of gasoline available at local fuel stations.

The city currently contracts for fuel with local Speedway stores.

Tucker noted Tuesday that McKitrick had said the police law enforcement trust fund could put up $10,000 for the project, and council had agreed to pay for the rest.

“But when this project was first presented we were talking about a total of $20,000,” said Councilman Roger Kalter, D-1st Ward.

Tucker said capital improvement fund monies could possibly be used to cover the additional $35,529 that would be required to install the tank.

“It’s reasonable to conclude that we could use capital fund monies, but this project is not in the capital improvement plan at this time,” said Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward.

He said council had not seen a new capital plan so far this year.

Tucker said the next step would be to finalize design plans and firm up the cost estimate for the project, then return for council permission to obtain quotes for the fuel tank installation.

He said because the project estimate is less than $50,000 a formal bid process would not be required.

Also on Tuesday, assistant safety-service director Bill Dauber said dredging was needed at the Marietta Harbor.

“The last dredging in 2010 cost around $17,000, so I expect this year it could be about $20,000,” he said.

Dauber said the city tries to maintain a schedule to dredge the harbor once every three years.

But he noted annual revenue from docking fees at the harbor area has totaled just under $4,000 annually for the last two years, which is not enough to cover the necessary dredging costs.

“That tells me we’re not charging enough for the harbor boat dock fees,” Vukovic said.

In other business, Grindline Skateparks is expected to begin work as early as Monday on the second phase of the city’s skate park project.

Grindline has been awarded a $42,800 contract to construct a “street course” from the current skate park “flow bowl” to the parking lot area at Indian Acres Park.