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McKenzie to purchase field tanks for town vehicles

It will soon be easier for Town of McKenzie vehicles to gas up and go. The town council voted on Monday night to purchase two 550-gallon single-wall field tanks in order to provide fuel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to Town employees. The cost to purchase two tanks will be $886.

Employees are currently purchasing fuel at several different outlets. They sometimes must drive a distance to find a business open when fuel is needed during certain hours.

The move will not only make fuel more accessible when needed, it should also save McKenzie money, said city clerk Tina Powell.

“I’ve checked with Ellis Oil. Keep in mind, prices can change from day to day and even hour to hour, but their current price is 34 cents per gallon,” Powell said.

Powell said a meter and logs for each vehicle would be maintained to keep track of who was getting fuel and how much was being used.

The council also approved the construction of a shed and fence to protect the tanks, along with the pouring of a concrete pad.

“This really should cut down on all our outside gas bills,” Powell said.

The McKenzie Town Council also discussed taking sealed bids for three cars and two trucks listed as surplus property, using the monies made from the sales to help set up the fuel tank needs.

The council voted to purchase heavy-gauge tin from the McKenzie VFD to repair the leaking roof of the generator house. The VFD has agreed to sell the needed tin for $1 per foot.

The next regular meeting of the McKenzie Town Council will be at 7 p.m. Monday, August 2 at Town Hall in downtown McKenzie.