The project to build a new elementary school in Fort Pierre has yielded a surprise: An old fuel oil tank that now needs to be removed along with some contaminated soil around it.

The Stanley County School Board at its Monday meeting authorized Superintendent Don Hotalling to apply for a grant from South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources to pay for the costs of removing the tank, which is empty, and the soil around it.

Hotalling told board members he’s hopeful that the grant will pay for 100 percent of the cost of removing the tank and soil.

The DENR has federal money available for such projects, Hotalling said.

Hotalling said the tank was very old but would have held about 300 gallons of fuel oil when it was in use.

In other business, the school board approved a budget supplement for capital outlay to replace the security cameras in the school system for just under $25,000.

Hotalling said two Homeland Security grants are paying for the security upgrades, but the district still needed authorization to proceed with the project, which hadn’t been budgeted for previously.

Also in connection with its elementary project, the board approved a civil engineer inspection and testing contract with Brosz Engineering of Pierre for an amount not to exceed $21,150.

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