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The effort to bring an E85 fueling station to Capitol Hill is moving forward — and costing more than anticipated. [IMGCAP(1)]

Last week the Architect of the Capitol awarded a $596,000 contract for the construction of the ethanol fuel pump to Octagon Services dba Tanks Direct, based in Laurel, Md.

Octagon will be required to design and construct the station, which will be fed by a new 10,000-gallon, double-walled fiberglass underground storage tank. The tank, new pumping islands, site lighting, pavement and curbcuts, and containment systems all must be designed and built.

Members approved the fuel pump’s installation last year as part of the Green the Capitol Initiative. But the project is proving more costly than expected — its original cost estimate was $250,000 to $500,000, according to the request for proposal.

“The estimate in the RFP was just an estimate,” AOC spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. “The contract was fully and openly competed.”

Police Promotions. Capitol Police officials announced last week the appointment of two new deputy chiefs.

Former inspectors Yancey Garner and Matthew Verderosa officially started their new positions on March 16. Both are longtime Capitol Police officers, having served with the department since the 1980s.

There are four deputy chiefs — the pair replaces former deputy chiefs Mike Jarboe and Vicki Frye, who recently retired.

Garner joined the force in 1983 as an officer in the Senate Division. He became a lieutenant in 1998, a captain in

2002 and an inspector in 2004.

His duties have included surveillance and counter-surveillance efforts for events such as the State of the Union and directing intelligence activities during the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions. He also helped negotiate the department’s collective bargaining agreement.

In early 2006, Garner was named acting deputy chief of the department’s Operational Services Bureau. In February 2007, he was named commander of the Capitol Division.

Verderosa joined the department in 1986, working in the Capitol Division. He became a lieutenant in 1998, a captain in 2004 and inspector in 2005.

Over the years, he has planned security for dignitaries and other VIPs, overseen the security effort for former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, served as the night shift incident commander during and after the 2001 anthrax attacks, and overseen the daily operations of the department’s House Division.

Both men will be part of the department’s Executive Management Team.

Minor Detour. Expect some construction work around the Cannon House Office Building in upcoming weeks as Architect of the Capitol workers repave the driveway entrance to Lot 1 and replace sidewalks on C Street Southeast.

The Lot 1 entrance on C Street between New Jersey Avenue and First Street is expected to be closed until March 28, according to a letter sent to staffers by Frank Tiscione, the superintendent of House office buildings.

Replacement of the sidewalk on the south side of C Street — between the Lot 1 entrance and First Street — will take until April 2.

Work on the sidewalk on the north side — between New Jersey Avenue and First Street — will then begin, and it will last until April 25.

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