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Polisena Marks Completion of Boiler, Gas Tank Projects

The Johnston mayor held brief ceremonies at Johnston High School and the Johnston Police Department this morning.

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena held opening ceremonies this morning for two money-saving upgrades to town facilities.

Polisena hosted a meeting of local officials for the new boilers at , and later toured the new town-owned gasoline depot at the nearby .

The roughly $700,000 boiler project — which included about $500,000 in town funds added to state and federal payments — replaces the heating system first installed in the high school when it was built in the 1960s.

Town and school officials estimate the new, natural gas-fired heat and hot water system will save upwards of $90,000 a year.

And following pressure and fire-suppression tests earlier this week, the gas tank at the police department is also now ready for use.

Starting in February with the installation of the 80,000 concrete-encased steel tank, the project cost the town about $150,000 — and Polisena estimated the town will save $30,000 or more per year by purchasing gasoline through the state's bulk contract, or going out to bid for the town.

A computerized system will track and record fuel use by the police department's cruisers and other municipal vehicles.

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