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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00


U-Haul will be the first business in the Village of Saukville to have a large propane tank for use to fill or refill smaller propane tanks.
The Village Board on Tuesday, June 20 voted unanimously to change its code and allow for a single tank that’s no taller than 13 feet, 3 inches, via a conditional-use permit.
The U-Haul tank must be screened through landscaping or fencing, the board agreed.
Village Administrator Dawn Wagner said she would inform various emergency services of the tank’s presence when it is installed.
Ross Brooks, general manager of the U-Haul at 835 E. Green Bay Ave., said he hopes to have the tank in place by Labor Day weekend.
“Numerous customers have come in and asked if we are offering propane yet — I’d say I get a half-dozen per week,” said Brooks, who noted most U-Hauls not only offer the service but have contracts with providers and users.
“It’s not just for cookouts on the grill with the 20-pound tanks that people are accustomed to,” he said. “It’s a leading alternative fuel and is being used for RVs, buses and other alternative-fuel vehicles.
“This adds nicely to our product breath.”
 Village President Barb Dickmann said she wanted the size limited to 10 feet, but Brooks noted that standard specifications are 13 feet, plus a few more inches for proper mounting.
The Plan Commission had recommended nothing above 13 feet, but trustees allowed for the increase.
“It’s silly to haggle over three inches,” Trustee Dan Sauer said.
Brooks hasn’t established pricing, but said propane is charged by volume.
“You only pay for what goes in (to your tank),” he said. “To refill a tank that is completely empty usually falls into the $15 to $20 range.
“We’ll be in line with what other retailers are charging.”

 
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