Could lightning striking the fuel station at the Allen County airport be a blessing in disguise? According to public works director Mitch Garner, maybe so.
The fuel station was struck by lightning sometime last week damaging a pump, requiring $4,750 in repairs. Problem was, the pump was so old that the parts were nearly obsolete. Garner estimates the pump is 18-20 years old.
However, if the county were to upgrade the pump, insurance would pick up just over 80% of the bill. A new system would cost the county $11,869, with insurance paying $9,500 of the bill.
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