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Underground Abandoned Tank Found During Town Hall Work

Tank removed Tuesday from property

A minor renovation discovered something big — an abandoned fuel tank — buried at town hall.

On Tuesday, excavation crews removed the old tank from the property of Toms River Town Hall on Washington Street. The tank was underground near the northeast corner of more historic portion of the building, facing Washington Street.

Town Hall, which recently began repairs to its HVAC and roof, saw construction crews with excavating equipment dig out the old, unused tank.

Craig Ambrosio, Toms River's Director of Parks Buildings & Grounds, said the tank was specifically a fuel tank that was no longer in use, and abandoned.

"This was a old abandon fuel oil tank that was discovered during a minor renovation," he said. "The preliminary findings show no signs of damage or contamination to the tank or to the surrounding areas."

The excavation of the old tank caused no disruption to any utilities at town hall.

"No Township utilities were down or disturbed, prior, during or after the removal of the tank," he said.

After digging the large tank out, it was discarded and the landscaping in the spot was scheduled for repair.

A-Ball June 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Did they get the proper removal permits and inspections ?
George June 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Only the "little people" have to obey the strict environmental laws about underground oil tanks. Politicians are exempt!
1stcav June 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM
George: On the " Money " do as I say, not as I do !!!!
Mike L June 23, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Question!!!! What does HVAC and roof work have any way to do with finding of a sunken tank on the property. Unless we are now cooling and heating the lawns and flowers?
Tired of the status quo June 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Hope that they checked that tank before the got rid of it. You all have heard about the underground railroad well,this is the underground tunnel for all of the secret meetings that Mike Ritacco had with all of the politicians in Town Hall and where he held the secret meetings with the BOE.


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