LITTLE VALLEY - Cattaraugus County has had a fueling station on the corner of county Route 83 and Seventh Street, in the town of Allegany for quite some time. The two storage tanks at the facility have been in the ground since 1984.
Plans to reconfigure the station, as well as move the tanks to above-ground locations are underway, according to a presentation from Rob Klavoon, an engineer with Wendell Architects.
The project is one that has been deemed to be of importance for the members of the Cattaraugus County Public Works Committee. As they heard the findings of the firm, numbers for various options were disclosed.
"If you take a look at the fueling island location now, it is rather tight to the garage building," Klavoon said. "With the pumps as they are, it is impossible to get two trucks in there to fuel simultaneously. What we have done is create options that would allow for better fueling and simultaneous capabilities."
The two tanks that are buried under a section of the facility vehicle lot are double-walled, one holding unleaded fuel, and the other diesel. Under the recommendation of committee member and Legislator Paula Stockman, R-South Dayton, all proposed changes would bring new tanks to above-ground storage.
"Why would we want to go with the underground tanks?" she asked. "It seems to me that it makes more sense to keep them above ground. It is cheaper and maintenance would be easier."
According to Klavoon, the tanks would have a life of about 30 years, if proper maintenance is conducted on them. He also said inspection costs on the tanks are lower with the above-ground storage, costing about $200 a year for above ground, whereas the buried tanks are about $1,000 for annual inspections.
Klavoon presented the three options for moving the fueling island. Option one would move it to the fuel island away from the building, closer to Seventh Street entrance. That plan would allow the island to be better accessed from both sides for better fueling efficiency. Option two would move the island to the entrance by the Route 83 entrance, again, giving better access. The third option would remove a triangle of green space that is at the corner of the two right of ways to install the depot at that point. That option presents the challenge of having to prepare the site and remove a foundation of a building that used to be on that location.
According to Klavoon, the full budget to move ahead with option one, the preferred option for the project, would be about $545,000.
"We would be able to use the existing pavement and would only have to do a minimal amount of site work," Klavoon said. "The biggest component that is still not determined is the logistical side of how fueling of vehicles will happen while the work is being done."
The Allegany depot fueled vehicles last year with 90,000 gallons of unleaded fuel and 68,000 gallons of diesel. Project specifications will be drawn up to allow for the county to move forward to solicit bids on the project as soon as possible, said Joseph Pillittere, county Public Works commissioner.