Work on the former Eagle Gas Station began on Monday as NV Energy worked to cut down the trees along the west side of the property.
Gardnerville Town Manager Tom Dallaire said the trees’ removal is the first step toward pulling two older underground oil tanks, one for heating oil and the other for used oil.
“NV Energy contractors are doing the work at no cost to the town,” Dallaire said in an email to The Record-Courier. “The trees have grown around the building power line and are required to be 10 feet from the main and low voltage power lines. We will replant trees in an alternate location once the tanks are removed.”
Also on Monday, the town submitted the final application to the Douglas County Planning Department to fund removal of the gasoline tanks, distribution lines, canopy removal and final construction plans, so the town has a final construction cost when they apply for community development block grant funding next year.
Eagle Gas topped the list of nominees for the grants at the county commissioners’ Dec. 5 meeting. Once ranked, the county will submit the grant applications to the state for consideration.
If approved, the grant would provide $88,700 for the first phase of the Eagle Gas Station project. Of that, $38,000 would help pay to clean up the site.
Dallaire said his goal is to complete as much of the Eagle Gas project using grants.
In November, the town received a Brownsfield grant to pay for removing the two oil tanks.
“The trees are located too close to the used oil tank and had to be removed prior to the tank removal, Dallaire said. “McKinley and Associates will be coming and observing the tank removal and lead and asbestos testing on the building and canopy. They will also document any contamination in the ground and will have the authority to do further exploration of the site if it needs it.”
Later this week, Dallaire said he’ll be meeting with the Nevada Department of Transportation to see if they can increase the radius for the S-curve on Highway 395.
Should the town receive the block grant, some of that money would help make the S-curve safer so large trucks don’t drive over it in cutting the corner.
Gardnerville plans to turn the site of the former Eagle Gas Station into a visitors center. The town received the property from the county last year.