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North Logan council approves Best Stop’s propane tank

November 11th, 2013 Posted in Opinion

‘That just makes me a little nervous, because we do get people who aren’t paying attention while driving. We have people who run over street lights, and things happen.’- Councilwoman Nancy Potter

By Chelsea Hunter

NORTH LOGAN — Despite some concerns about safety, the North Logan City Council approved installation of a propane tank at the Tesoro Best Stop on 2500 North.

City ordinances say the council has responsibility to approve or disapprove, after considering input from the fire and police departments. The 1,000-gallon tank will be placed on the corner of 2500 North and U.S. Highway 91 in a vertical position in order to take up the least amount of space.

There was some concern from the fire and police departments that southbound traffic sometimes ends up right in that area. They’ve seen several crashes in that area and worry about the possible hazards if a car was to crash into the tank.

“Because westbound and eastbound traffic use different entrances to enter the Best Stop, it’s in the perfect location to prevent any cars from colliding with the tank creating a dangerous situation,” said city administrator Jeff Jorgensen.

There were a few alternate locations discussed where the tank could be placed. Councilman Damon Cann suggested the tank be put behind the store to be in a more protected area, and use the front area for a sign to advertise where to get the propane.

But Best Stop owner Dave Bessinger didn’t like that idea, and said it wasn’t as desirable for the business because it wasn’t as visible. “If it’s not in the front, we wouldn’t do it at all,” he said. “That’s the only location we will allow. We wouldn’t make money with it at any other location.”

“I’m just a little uncomfortable,” said Councilwoman Nancy Potter. “Because it’s right there where people turn in, and come into the property. That just makes me a little nervous, because we do get people who aren’t paying attention while driving. We have people who run over street lights, and things happen.”

Fire Chief Jon Keller said it should be fine since it’s not right on the corner. The main concern from the beginning was where to put it, he said. They compromised with the business and convinced them to move it slightly west.

“I would prefer to have it somewhere else,” said Keller, “just because of the traffic issue there, but I support the position. With more beefed-up security than they have, we feel it’s safe enough for us to allow them to have it there.”

The tank will be surrounded with significant barriers of 6-inch posts to protect it in case a car was to collide with it.

“By state code, it had to be at least five feet from the entrance,” said Keller. “So there is a 5-foot buffer there up from the closest turn in.”

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