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Old fuel usable, after it’s cleaned

The fuel in the tanks at the old Harrison County Hospital is usable but it must be cleaned, county highway department supervisor Glen Bube reported Monday night to the county commissioners.
Harrison County Hospital did not transfer the fuel to its new location when it moved Feb. 27, and the highway department plans to use the fuel.
‘It’s good fuel,’ Bube said. ‘It ought to burn great after we clean it.’
The old hospital campus has two underground tanks of off-road diesel fuel, including a 10,000-gallon tank and a 550-gallon tank. It also has a 300-gallon above-ground tank.
It will cost about $6,600 for the fuel to be cleaned, plus the cost of transporting it out for department use. Bube said the cheapest figure he can get is an $85-an-hour charge to move the fuel. He said he thinks it could be done in one day, for a total of $1,000 to $1,200.
Commissioner James Goldman said the cost of the fuel will be about $1.50 per gallon, not counting the cost of transporting it. Bube added that the total cost will still be under $2 per gallon.
‘It’s a good buy, a good deal,’ said Goldman.
Commissioner J.R. Eckart was reluctant to pull the fuel out of the tanks, saying they may have to buy fuel for the tanks at a higher cost in the near future when the buildings are in use. The commissioners agreed to speak with Joe Mrak of RQAW Consulting Engineers and Architects about the plans for the tanks before transporting the fuel out. The county hired RQAW to prepare the old hospital campus to the point of bid letting for reconstruction.
Eckart made the motion, seconded by Terry Miller, to pass $6,549 to the council for fuel cleaning but to hold off on the transportation of the fuel.
Bube also asked the commissioners for an additional $30,000 for truck and tractor repair. The line only has 17 percent left in the fund to last the rest of the year, he said.
Miller made the motion, seconded by Eckart, to pass the request to the council out of the motor vehicle highway fund. The commissioners also passed a $500,000 request out of riverboat contingency for yearly highway department purchases.
In other county business Monday night, the commissioners heard three requests from Claudia Howard, executive director of Harrison County Parks & Recreation Dept. She requested three new small trucks for park use.
‘We have 11 trucks, and six of them are out of commission in one way or another,’ said Howard. ‘Every time one of them is out on the road, we have to keep our radios on because we know we’ll have to go get the guys.’
Howard said five of the trucks are older than 20 years.
‘It looks to me like they need them,’ said Miller.
Miller made the motion, seconded by Eckart, to send a request of $37,500 to the council.
The commissioners also moved a $1,804.25 request to the council for liability insurance for the parks department and $5,000 for engineering consulting services for rest rooms at Hayswood Nature Reserve out of riverboat contingency. Howard said out of 600 surveys, only one said the rest room facilities at Hayswood were acceptable.
‘The feedback has been really, really negative from the community,’ she said.
‘Someone needs to put the numbers together and get a feasible plan,’ said Eckart.
The board passed a $221,424 request for county ambulance equipment. Eckart made the request, seconded by Miller, out of riverboat Human Services once the balance is sufficient to cover the request.
‘It’s a lot of money, but I know we provide a first-class ambulance service to the county,’ said Goldman.
‘It can be done cheaper, but we don’t think that’s what the citizens want or the government wants for our citizens,’ said Gary Kleeman, Emergency Medical Services director.
Marion Wallace, veterans service officer for the county, asked the board to sign a Humanitarian Award for the services of Mark Hatfield. Hatfield has logged 1,570 volunteer hours with the county’s veterans services and recently took a job as an airline mechanic in Kansas.
‘His dedication to Harrison County veterans will be highly missed,’ said Wallace.
‘It’s a good gesture,’ said Goldman.
Wallace and a group of veterans celebrated Hatfield’s work at his favorite restaurant, Famous Dave’s in Clarksville, Tuesday night.