Longtime Carson Valley resident Sondra Condron told members of the Gardnerville Town Board she was pleased they were keeping the gas station building that was built by her father, Virgil.
She said her dad, Virgil, and family moved to Carson Valley and purchased what today is referred to as Eagle Gas Station in 1958.
“My dad bought the little gas station that was there before,” she said. “The Shell distributor said they would build a new station in 1961. Remember that in 1958 there were 2,500 people in the Valley, and to be anybody in town you had to be German, Lutheran and Republican. And we weren’t any of those things.”
She said a couple of the old timers came to her father, and told him that he would have to be in business for 10 years before they would patronize him.
“He said, ‘I’m the first gas station on the road from Los Angeles, and I’ll get your kids,’” she said. “And he did. He hired all kids from Douglas High School. He would let them work on their cars in the garage. As kids we all had to work at the gas station.”
Town Manager Tom Dallaire said that 54 percent of the respondents to an online poll favored keeping the building, which could become offices for Main Street Gardnerville.
Dallaire said state environmental inspectors found 3 inches of liquid in the bottom of the gas station’s tanks, that will be have to be pumped out.
He also said the big trees on the back portion of the lot will have to be taken down because they’re too close to the waste oil tank.
“Considering how big a project this is, we should expect it will change over the years,” board member Lloyd Higuerra said.
At a Sept. 7 workshop residents voted overwhelmingly to keep the gas station.
The project could cost up to $416,000, which Dallaire plans to pay for using grants over the next 10 years.