30,000-gallon propane tank gets green light

The City of Kirksville gives a Kentucky based propane company the ok to install a 30,000-gallon propane tank in Kirksville.

It would be used for retail propane sales.

The proposed location is a lot on West Northtown Road behind Aldi grocery store and across the street from Shockey's Trailer Court.

The piece of property is zoned industrial.

About half a dozen residents from the trailer court spoke at the beginning of Monday evening's city council meeting to express their opposition.

Their main concern is an explosion and how big of an area would be impacted if such a disaster happened.

Kirksville Codes and Planning Director Brad Selby said there is no need for alarm.

"If they look right up the road, there's an 18,000-gallon propane tank and another half-mile to the north, there's another 30,000-gallon propane tank, and there's two more in the city that's north of that,â?? said Selby. â??So it's not like we've never had these tanks here before."

Selby said the company has not applied for a building permit, and he doesn't know for sure that the company is still even interested in installing a large propane tank in Kirksville.

The city will be notifying company officials in the near future to let them know that the city attorney determined that no city ordinance prevents the propane tank from being located on the proposed lot along Northtown Road.