The city-owned former gas station on West First St. will soon have its environmental problems fixed.
Fulton Aldermen this week approved the bid of a company to remove underground gas tanks and the above-ground gas pumps at the former Valero gas station near Price Chopper.
Paragon Environmental Construction of Brewerton submitted the low bid among 8 companies to bid on the project. The city’s consulting firm on the project reviewed the bids and, according to Mayor Ron Woodward, agreed that Paragon was qualified. “They have a history of doing this type of work,” Woodward said.
Paragon bid $24,555 for a project Woodward said would take 2 to 3 to complete. The Common Council also approved borrowing $39,000 to cover the full cost of the project.
The company will remove any minor soil contamination, but any large-scale contamination is not part of the project.
The city is under order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to do the work. The city will be fined $15,000 if it does not complete the work to the satisfaction of the DEC.
Woodward has said he was surprised to learn that the city needed to continue to maintain the former gas station’s tanks and pumps after the city seized the property for not paying its property taxes.
After the work on the property is complete, Woodward hopes to sell it and get it back on the tax rolls. The environmental issue surfaced in December after Aldermen in November approved selling the property to Eleanor Reynolds for $89,000.