will include remediation, on-site monitoring and potentially inserting chemicals into the container to nullify the gasoline it held, Bissonnette said. The tank was filled Thursday while the other one was removed Tuesday.

“It makes it just a big rock,” said POK Commissioner Pete DeBoer Wednesday. “One came out yesterday and is on it’s way to wherever the tanks go to retire.”

The new tanks were installed this past spring, and the port has been working off the new system since then, one that is more state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly. The POK was waiting for soil samples to be returned, they were due sometime last week, to determine if any contamination occurred while the old tanks were in place.

“There’s not a strong smell of fuel in the area,” Bissonnnette said. “We haven’t had any big leaks, so we’re pretty lucky. I think we have to do a pressure test annually on those (new) tanks... No one told us to take them out, we’re being pro-active.”

The tank project was a facet of the POK’s Master Plan, which also includes new landscaping near the port building, the fire lane near the port being replaced with grass pavers and the construction of a kayak and small boat house.

The boat house is undergoing a redesign, DeBoer said, because the original plan for the floating shed would have proved too expensive.

“What people really want are storage racks and a place to launch kayaks,” he said. “This little house wasn’t going to do it.”

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