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Fuel Tank System Topic of Discussion in Stanhope

Councilman George Graham during the discussion about the fuel tank system. Credits: Alley Schubert

STANHOPE, NJ - Members of the Stanhope Borough Council joined together on June 26 to discuss several topics, which their municipality is currently facing.

A fuel tank system located at the DPW yard has been the major topic of discussion during the past several meetings.

The 18-year-old fuel tank system serves its purpose for the local Police Department, the Fire Department, Ambulance Squad and Valley Road School.

Administrator Brian McNeilly stated, “The pumps are in so-so shape but the key boxes are in very bad shape.”

McNeilly stated that the estimated total cost of repairs would be $46,000.

“I agree with replacing the pumping system,” said Councilman George Graham. “However, I disagree with the price for a town this size. It is completely out of line and not the way to go.”

A huge concern for Graham was employees who start a job, and then get sidetracked by another project, in terms of accounting issues involved with the system.

Currently, employees need to do the readings, as the system does not record the numbers automatically..

Mayor Rosemarie Maio, who is in favor of replacing the pumping system due to its old age stated to Graham during the discussion, “The job is not done consistently and never gets done on a monthly basis.”

Graham said he disapproves of employees who steer away from their prior obligations.

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“They need to finish their job,” he replied.

Councilmen James Benson and Michael Depew both disagreed with the cost as well.

“We should go out to bid, see how it changes and see what it is actually going to cost us for a system that has lasted 18 years so far,” said Benson.

McNeilly plans on coordinating a list of other companies to find a lower estimate for the cost of repairs.

The topic has not been approved and is still open for discussion.

In other business:

All were in favor of passing an ordinance that will allow a prohibited turn between the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or during early dismissal, while Valley Road School is still in session.

The Borough of Stanhope has entered a Shared Services Agreement with the County of Sussex effective July 1, 2012. The Sussex County Fire Marshall will now enforce the Uniform Code in the Borough of Stanhope.

The Mayor and Council also appointed Tyler M. Ukleya as an active member and Craig Anthony Velard as a junior member to the Stanhope Fire Department.

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