City to pay $4,600 to remove fuel tank

GLOVERSVILLE – The city will spend more than $4,600 to remove an underground fuel tank at the former city Water Department property on North Main Street and then try to sell the property.

The Common Council on Tuesday voted to have C.T. Male Associates/Montgomery County Environmental Services remove the fuel oil storage tank adjacent to the city-owned building at 192 N. Main St.

The work is expected to begin Wednesday.

“With anything that is considered hazardous to the environment, the people that put those things in are responsible for it from cradle to grave,” Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said.

He said removing the tank now will prevent any future city liability for the tank.

The price to remove the tank will be $4,615, which will be transferred from the contingency portion of the city budget to the building maintenance portion.

Jones said he hopes the tank can be removed before the next Common Council meeting March 12. At that time, the council could seek bids from potential buyers of the property.

Mayor Dayton King said local real-estate agents have expressed interest in marketing the building.

Jones previously suggested the city might be better served if it were to get a real estate agent involved in selling the property.

The majority of the council, however, was in favor of seeking bids for the property, saying this is the process the city normally uses when selling city property.

First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said if the bids the city receives are lower than the desired amount, the city then could have a real-estate agent help sell the building.

Wentworth said the city will determine the desired bid amount after the tank has been removed and the property is ready for sale.

The mayor and council agreed they would like to declare the building a surplus city property because they see no beneficial use of the building for the city.

City Assessor Joni Dennie said she valued the property at $47,900.

She said the garage area is in average condition and all other areas of the building are only useful as storage. She said the second floor has water damage to the ceilings and the building needs a new roof.

Dennie said when she was at the building, it had buckets on the second floor to catch water coming from the roof.

She suggested if the city puts the property up for auction, officials should make sure the city gets what the building is worth.

The city Water Department relocated in December from the building to a central location on South Main Street.

In the spring, the department plans to move its offices out of City Hall to the new building, which will serve as the central office of the city Water Department.