Residents oppossed to fueld tank in corporate yard
A Martis Valley Estates resident is protesting the proposed expansion of a Town of Truckee corporation yard in his neighborhood.
The equipment yard on Riverview Road currently houses 50 of the town’s vehicles, a 6,000-square foot office and maintenance building and a number of miscellaneous storage facilities.
It is, however, the replacement of an 8,000-gallon fuel storage tank with one nearly twice that size that has Dennis Dickinson and some of the neighborhood residents concerned.
“I would guess it’s about 300 feet from my yard and there are three residents in close proximity,” said Dennis Dickinson, a resident of Rosa Court in Martis Valley Estates.
The town is proposing to move the existing tank to a town corporation yard in Tahoe Donner and replace it with a 12,000-gallon tank.
“I’m opposed to this for three reasons: It’s in a residential neighborhood, it’s sitting in a 100-year floodplain and it’s in the direct glide path to the airport,” Dickinson said. “My contention is that the probability of hitting this tank is greater than hitting the tank at the airport.”
The Truckee Tahoe Airport District did submit comments to the town about the location of the yard, but not because the tank is to close to a flight zone.
“[The yard] is in a potentially noise impacted area,” said airport General Manager Dave Gotschall.
The yard serves most of the town’s vehicles, including the police, animal control and maintenance.
And town officials say they have good reason to move the existing tank and replace it with another, including the fact that the tank presently sits even closer to other existing houses opposite Dickinson’s home.
Dan Wilkens, head of Public Works for the town, said he would like to move it across the yard about a 150 to 200 feet from where it is now.
The larger tank would also fetch the town a better price from gas distributors and cut down on the number of deliveries.
“We have to constantly bring in gas delivery trucks that go through the neighborhood,” Wilkens said, adding that the tank is currently filled two or three times a week.
“At the end of the day we are trying to provide public service,” Wilkens added. “We want to be good neighbors. But we also have to ask ourselves are we creating a disservice to the rest of the town by paying more for fuel and having a less efficient operation.”
Ultimately, the town would like to find a new location altogether.
“My goal is to get out of there within five years,” Wilkens said.
Wilkins added that the above-ground tanks are portable, so the town would transport them to the new yard.
The planning commission will consider the project this Wednesday.
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