Posted Online: Feb. 06, 2013, 9:14 pm

Mid-American removes Moline oil tanks

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By Dawn Neuses dneuses@qconline.com

MOLINE — The city is thanking MidAmerican Energy for improving the area next to Sylvan Gateway Park by removing two one-million-gallon oil tanks.

The tanks, which had not been used since the mid-'90s, were removed from MidAmerican's generating station east of the park. They towered above the new privacy fence the company recently placed around its property, making them easily visible from the park.

Mayor Don Welvaert said that about a year ago he asked a MidAmerican supervisor if the company would consider painting the tanks, because Moline was developing the adjacent land into a formal park with walking trails, landscaping, benches, restrooms and new parking.

Mayor Welvaert said he heard nothing more until recently when he learned MidAmerican had removed the tanks."They just did the right thing," he said, adding it greatly improved the area around the park.

"It looks great without the tanks, which were in very bad need of a paint job. They were an eyesore to our park but weren't ours to do anything with," Mayor Welvaert said.

MidAmerican spokesman Tim Grabinksi said removing the tanks made sense. "It helped out the city, got rid of the look there and improved the area.We were pleased to do it and glad to be a good corporate neighbor."

Mayor Welvaert said MidAmerican was the second corporate neighbor who helped improve Sylvan Gateway Park and adjacent property.

Last summer, the Deere & Co. Seeding Division, which is north of the park, installed new landscaping along its fence, donated and planted trees and flowers in the park, and installed a sculpture to honor John Deere and the history of the company.