Inspection Demands New Airport Fuel Liner

Photo by Leslie Stratmoen
Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

An unexpected expense has come up this month for the Sheridan County Commission.

Nearly $28,000 will be spent to replace a liner on a fuel farm pond at the Sheridan County Airport.

In a memo to the commission, airport manager John Stopka said he had learned that the secondary container liner was not fire proof so did not meet state regulations. Vista West Engineering researched the issue to come up with a solution.

So with airport manager Stopka on vacation, Dan Allen of the engineering firm stepped forward Tuesday morning during the regular monthly meeting to give the commissioners the details.

Following his explanation, Commissioner Steve Maier (MY-er) questioned the DEQ’s recent inspection.

Allen said ShotCrete Montana was approved to do the work because the company is the only contractor in the area that can install the product described to do the job. In his memo, Stopka recommended approval of the installation so the airport fuel farm would not be “red flagged” for lack of compliance with state DEQ regulations. The commission approved the request following the presentation.

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