Board of Finance Approves Funding for Oil Tank Replacement

Photo by Eric Essagof '12

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the Board of Finance voted to authorize the use of $279,400 to replace oil storage tanks at Coleytown Elementary School, Coleytown Middle School, and Long Lots Elementary School through bonds. All three tanks were first installed in 1989, which places them past the 20 year limit for tank usage set by the state. The tank at CES failed a pressure test this summer.

The vote to approve the funding for the CES tank was unanimous, while both the Long Lots tank and the CMS tank were voted against by Kenneth Wirfel on the grounds that more information was needed in the debate.

The new tanks are designed to prevent leaks for a much longer time then the current steel tanks, and they will include an alarm system to alert the town if and when there is a leak.

There was a second option on the table to install only the alarm system to the old tanks at a cost ranging from $40,000-$70,000. This plan was ultimately found unappealing due to the lack of protection against expensive and dangerous leaks.

The RTM must now give final approval of this project before the replacement takes place.