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REPORTING · 5th December 2011
Walter McFarlane
A memo came before Council at their regular meeting of October 11th. Earlier this year, the Wood Stave Tank was found to have not survived the winter. Read more about this here. Councillor Rob Goffinet made a motion to demolish the Wood Stave Tank as soon as possible.

“We have three tanks up there. Two are wielded steel tanks and then the wood stave one. The wielded steel ones went in, pretty much, at the beginning of Kitimat. The Stave tank went in with Eurocan’s coming to town. Their all identical in dimension, their all 1,000,000 US Gallons. It is very useful having an extra, third tank, that’s an extra report for later, but it’s basically, not economic to try to recover it, to restore it at all,” said Tim Gleig, District Engineer.

He explained replacing the tank would be a dollar a gallon.

Councillor Randy Halyk suggested recycling the wood. He asked what kind of wood the wood was made of and whether or not it would be possible to recycle the wood as boardwalk or fencing.

Gleig said the wood was yellow cedar and it is waterlogged. It would not be readily usable until it is dried out. There is not much use for the wood. They could make it available to the public for use in whatever purpose.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan suggested using it in the campsite as people were looking for wood there. Gleig said they would have to dry it out first.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to clarify the cost. Gleig explained a wood stave tank would cost about $1,000,000 and bolted steel tanks was cheaper while he was investigating a replacement. Feldhoff also clarified the tanks were used in fire suppression and the wood stave tank was isolated and rarely used. He suggested keeping the tank around until they decide whether or not to replace it. Gleig replied they cannot put it online right now because things have fallen off the destroyed roofing.

Feldhoff asked if they had enough to fight fires in Kitimat. Gleig replied the 2 million gallons should be enough. This could be a problem in hot dry summer but is has been years since they had to tell people to turn off their sprinkler.

Halyk clarified they would bring back a report to Council at a later date concerning replacement. Gleig said they were probably good with 2,000,000 Gallons but they will look at it closer. They do not want the tank to come down in an unmanned manner.

The motion was called and carried.