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Water Department Upgrade Includes New Storage Facilities

by Tony Gonzalez October 12, 2009 6:19 AM
A proposed $3.9 million upgrade to the Princeton (IN) water distribution system will include a major overhaul to the water plant in the northern section of town, and a new storage tower in the southern section, according to an October 11 article in the Princeton Daily Clarion (a newspaper affiliated with Tri-State Media, covering Princeton, Indiana and Gibson County.)

The new 500,000 gallon ground storage tank (which will measure roughly 35 feet tall and 50 feet in diameter) being built at the facility will improve flow capacity, said engineer Eric Smith, of the firm Hannum, Wagle & Cline. Also, a new elevated water tank will be built in the southern part of town near Cleveland Avenue. A 16-inch water main will provide service to Princeton residents. [More]

Moreland Parkway Receives “Facelift” from City of Annapolis

by Holly Robinson October 11, 2009 10:55 AM
Moreland Parkway, located just one block from West Street off Admiral Drive, has been “taken over” by the city of Annapolis, as reported in an October 11 posting on (which is part of Capitol Gazette Communications based in Annapolis, Maryland.)

A $200,000 paving project that included road repairs and resurfacing on Moreland was completed in September (2009), and renovations on existing buildings are currently underway. Workers are also completing their work on new sidewalks, and plan to add a bike lane to the Parkway as well.

Additionally, two new building projects have brightened this corridor (which had been long-neglected), including the building which was previously home to the Merritt Athletic Club, whose gym has been transformed into a flex/office building. [More]

Safety Concerns When Hazardous Chemicals are Left Unchecked in Self Storage Units

by John Stevens October 11, 2009 9:51 AM
As first reported in an October 10 posting of (a Salt Lake City, Utah, online news source), a retired Box Elder County chemist’s self storage units were discovered to be full of cans with unknown hazardous chemicals, requiring a hazardous materials (hazmat) team to spend several days cleaning them out.

Box Elder County authorities received a call Thursday (October 8) that bays in storage facilities in South Willard and Perry were filled with legal chemicals, some of which were mixed together and potentially dangerous.

This renter had begun collecting various chemicals to experiment with propellant for model rockets and creating a waterproof resin for roofs. A friend of the family had been tasked with organizing and cleaning out the bays at Easy Access in South Willard and Double D Storage in Perry when the potentially dangerous chemicals were found. [More]

Circuit City is Apparently No Place for Sancho’s Storage

by Winnie Hsiu October 11, 2009 9:01 AM
According to an October 11 posting on, Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho thought consolidating his main office, a warehouse, and several storage facilities to the now-vacant Circuit City big-box building on Apalachee Parkway would help him run elections more effectively and efficiently. But alas, it was not meant to be.

Parkway Terrace Properties withdrew its offer Friday to sell the property to Leon County for $2.3 million for Sancho’s new digs; the owners lost interest following county appraisals that came in several hundred thousand dollars under the asking price.

Sancho’s desire to streamline his facilities did not sit well with some county staff members and commissioners, who were adamantly against the proposal, saying it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars. Many citizens were unhappy as well. The North East Business Association was encouraging members to speak out against it. Why? [More]

TVA Plans Draining Reservoir on Raccoon Mountain (TN)

by Kim Kilpatrick October 10, 2009 7:10 PM
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to empty the majority of the mountaintop reservoir at its Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Plant on November 2nd (2009) to inspect the facility, including the 8,500- foot-long rock-filled dam, which is located at the top of the mountain. The current plan is to refill the reservoir by late November.

According to the October 10 Chattanooga Times Free Press (, the storage lake, which typically holds 700+ million gallons of water, is being inspected as part of TVA’s timely five-year cycle of preventive maintenance for the pumped storage facility. [More]



Storage Issues Resulting in Grain on the Ground in Iowa?

by Tony Gonzalez October 10, 2009 5:45 PM
Bumper crops of corn and soybeans are filling trucks and grain wagons, heading for grain elevators, but the elevator managers are wondering just where they will put all of it, according to Richard Wahl, director of the grain warehouse division of the Iowa Department of Agriculture.
As reported on an October 10 posting from, (a property of Farm Progress, one of the nation’s agricultural information leaders since 1819) the 2009 Iowa corn harvest is expected to be 2.5 billion bushels - a record for Iowa. And more good news: the USDA forecast for soybean production is 506 million bushels—the state's third largest crop ever, trailing only the ‘05 and ‘06 bean crops of Iowa. [More]

New Self Storage Facility Opens in Miami

by Holly Robinson October 10, 2009 1:17 PM
On the heels of its 20th anniversary this year, Safeguard Self Storage, a national provider of self storage solutions, just cut the ribbon on its 6th operating location in the Miami market. This self storage facility, located in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood in Miami-Dade County, (just off US 1), will supplement southern Florida's growing demand for self storage space.

As first reported on Octobers 10’s, Safeguard currently operates more than a dozen locations in the Miami, Broward County and Tampa markets, with amenities ranging from climate-controlled units (fully heated and air conditioned) to video-recorded surveillance of the property, and individual door alarms on each unit. [More]

Get a Room – or at Least a Self Storage facility! Airport Hangars Are For Planes...

by Holly Robinson October 9, 2009 9:15 AM
For the past three days, airport officials at Bend Municipal Airport (OR) have been conducting inspections of their hangars to ensure space is being used as intended…for all things aviation.

In the recent past, however, city officials have found some airport tenants storing everything from office supplies to cars in their hangars, despite the fact that both city and county rules stipulate these hangars are intended for aviation storage only. [More]

Bus Biodiesel Storage Takes a Time Out

by Kim Kilpatrick October 9, 2009 7:55 AM
The Idaho Mountain and Express Guide today announced that the Blaine County School District has placed a six-month moratorium on a controversial plan to install a 12,000-gallon biodiesel storage tank at the district's bus maintenance facility near Fox Acres Road in east Hailey, Idaho.

The proposal was approved in September, 2009, by the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission; however, school Superintendent Lonnie Barber stated Wednesday that now the district would like to reexamine the biodiesel storage tank plan. [More]

The World Remains Buoyant in Crude Oil

by Winnie Hsiu October 9, 2009 7:20 AM
As reported in October 9’s The Globe and Mail (Canadian English newspaper based in Toronto), crude oil inventories have been coming off skyrocketing levels, which is generally an indication that demand is picking up. However, the downturn in stocks is perhaps more closely related to the mood shift among commodity investors, who are less optimistic about the longer-term oil markets than they were last spring.

This turnaround - from building inventories to reducing them - will increase pressure on crude prices as producers are forced to compete with supplies being pulled out of storage. [More]
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