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.