Red-tagged! And it could cost taxpayers $400,000. The fuel depot that provides both gasoline and diesel fuel for all manner of town vehicles \u2014 plow trucks, police cars, fire trucks, school buses \u2014 has been given just weeks of continued operation by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. \u201cThey\u2019ve red-tagged our fuel system, which means it\u2019s shut down,\u201d First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Finance Tuesday night. A DEEP inspector visited the town fuel depot late last week, determined that the tanks were more than 30 years old, and put the reg tags on them \u2014 \u201cwhich says a delivery can\u2019t be received,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cWas there leakage?\u201d finance board member Marty Heiser asked. \u201cNo,\u201d Marconi said. But the inspector said there\u2019s no flexibility about ending the use of the tanks after 30 years. \u201cIt\u2019s a hard date,\u201d Marconi told the board. This isn\u2019t a complete surprise to town officials. A renovation of the fuel depot, off South Street near the recycling center, appears as a $300,000 item in the town five-year capital plan \u2014 for 2018-19, the year after next. Now the project must be moved up. The town can continue pumping and filling vehicles with the remaining fuel in the tanks. But no company \u2014 no driver \u2014 will deliver more fuel into the red-tagged tanks. The depot has two 10,000-gallon diesel fuel tanks and one 10,000 -gallon gasoline tank to be replaced. The school buses from the Board of Education\u2019s contractor, First Student, use about 10,000 gallons a month, Marconi said. He added that he hopes there isn\u2019t another big snowstorm that would keep the highway department\u2019s fleet of plow trucks out on the roads long hours, burning up fuel. \u201cThe feeling is, we\u2019ve got another week and a half to two weeks,\u201d Marconi said. Costs Marconi showed the finance board a preliminary estimate from True Blue Environmental, a Wallingford-based company, that included installation of a temporary fueling systems, as well as construction of the new tanks. \u201cPlease note that the above temporary systems could be in place and operational within one week of your notice to proceed,\u201d the company said. The immediate costs for the temporary fueling system exceed $70,000, and include $16,250 to provide and install the temporary system, four months of system rental for $12,000, and $42,500 for \u201cdecommissioning and removal of the existing system.\u201d There might also be \u201ccontaminated soil removal and disposal at $135 a ton.\u201d For construction of the new above-ground tanks, the company\u2019s estimate suggested the town budget $325,000 to $400,000, and another $30,000 to $50,000 to redo the canopy and lighting at the depot. Moving forward The selectmen voted on the proposed 2016-17 budget before the fuel depot project became so urgent. A telephone conference with Town Attorney David Grogins during Tuesday night\u2019s meeting confirmed that it is beyond the authority of the finance board to add items to the budget that were not requested by either the selectmen or the Board of Education. So Marconi will try to schedule a selectmen\u2019s meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday to provide Thursday night\u2019s finance board meeting with a request from the selectmen to add the fuel depot to the $3.9-million 2017-18 capital budget. Marconi had briefly mentioned the fuel depot project earlier in the budget process, when it was still thought to be a year or two off, and had warned fellow selectmen that the change from the current underground fuel tanks to the above-ground tanks now favored by the environmental department might not be visually appealing to some. \u201cPeople aren\u2019t going to like it,\u201d he\u2019d said. But having the school buses run out of fuel wouldn\u2019t be too popular, either.