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City of Yachats considers options for emergency fuel supply

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 6th, 2013


A sign informs people that the Yachats 76 Gas Station is closed. The gas station, which closed at the beginning of October, is the community’s only gas station.
YACHATS – The Yachats 76 Gas Station closed its doors at the start of October, which has left the City of Yachats thinking more about their fuel supply, especially what to do in a the event of an emergency.

The gas station, located at 935 N. Hwy 101, is for sale along with a leased coffee shop, to be sold together. According to listing information about the property on loopnet.com, the gas station was first put on the market in August of last year, and a price change occurred in February. LoopNet has online commercial real estate listings. The closest gas station to the closed down Yachats 76 is located more than eight miles to the north in Waldport.

Yachats Public Works director Larry Blanchard said the city would need to have a healthy supply of unleaded gasoline, as well as diesel fuel in the event of an emergency. That supply would be about 1,000 gallons worth of gas and between 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

“I don’t know (all of) the details about the gas station closing. What I do know from our perspective is that we have emergency generators and all of our equipment that runs off of diesel, and one of the things that we are actually looking at is the possibility of having some above ground tanks here at our wastewater treatment plant,” Blanchard said.

Having an accessible fuel supply will help the city in the event of an emergency. They are also taking into account that the closest gas station in Waldport doesn’t sell diesel fuel.

“Rather than having to run to get fuel north or south, we are looking at having a supply here. Not a large supply, but enough to get us through in an emergency,” Blanchard said.

City-owned equipment like backhoes, tractors, dump trucks and a small excavator along with seven generators, all run off of diesel fuel. The seven generators are part of a system at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater pump stations have generators and an additional set of portable generators that can be moved from location to location if there is a problem at a pump station.

“We get power outages here quite often in the winter, and we need to use those to keep moving,” Blanchard said. “Once I get more information, I will bring it back to the council, and I’m looking at the possibility of having some fuel here that we can use in an emergency situation and see what happens with the gas station.”

The gas station owners could not be reached for comment.

For the complete article see the 11-06-2013 issue.

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