One of the spectres haunting Gardnerville’s ownership of the former Eagle Gas station was exorcised when the fuel tanks and pipes were determined to be sound.
“All the tanks and pipes are not leaking,” Town manager Tom Dallaire said Monday. “We’re going to enroll in the state petroleum fund so if they start leaking, we’ll be able to fix them.”
The town’s plans for the gas station, which came into its possession on June 5, are still a work in progress.
Town workers cleaned out the broken glass and food that was inside. Gone are the signs advertising specials on beer and energy drinks, as are the light poles, signs and poles.
The line and tank testing was done in early July, costing the town $2,000.
“We are mainly trying to salvage the steel, and get some money so that we can pay for some of the testing,” Dallaire said.
There are three conceptual plans for property, all of which result in the property providing additional parking for the town.
However, demolishing the structure is going to cost the town, which is one of the reasons Dallaire is looking to salvage as much of the building as possible.
Once knocked down, the site could have room for up to 16 parking spaces under a plan prepared by the town.
Dallaire said he would present three options at a future board meeting, before holding a public workshop on the alternatives. The workshop is planned for 9-11 a.m. Sept. 7, where residents will have an opportunity to discuss whether the building should be demolished.
In 2006, the .39-acre parcel was identified in the town’s strategic parking plan.
The town first expressed interest in the property last fall, when foreclosure sent it to the steps of the county courthouse.
An Oct. 3 public auction, however, failed to produce a minimum bid of $100,000.
At the time, town board members instructed Dallaire to wait for a tax sale, if possible.
In February, Dallaire informed the board that the property had gone to auction twice more, with minimum bids of $75,000 and $30,000, respectively, but still had failed to generate a buyer.
Douglas County was owed about $30,000 in back taxes, which was more than the property was worth, and took it over.