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10/30/2019 - Greensburg Board of Aviation Commissioners continue Land Acquisition Process
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The Greensburg Board of Aviation Commissioners met Monday evening. The meeting began with Greensburg Mayor Dan Manus conducting the swearing-in of new board member Kevin Whipple. Vice President Jon Dooley provided the financial report with $47,279.54 in the Airport Improvement Account; $54,899.41 in the Aviation and Rotary Fuel Account; and $123,282.81 in the Airport Operations Account for a total of $225,461.76. Mr. Dooley also noted that the current balance at Jackson County Bank that can be used as a draw down for the new airport runway project is $3,139,257.00.
Mr. Dooley then provided an update on the Capital Improvement Projects meeting that took place in Michigan City. He also provided an update on the land required for the new airport runway project. He stated that the Goddard family's attorney requested an extension of up to 30 days to file an objection to the complaint for the appropriation of real estate for the runway project. The legal paperwork for the appropriation of the real estate belonging to the Sterchi family is moving forward. The Beggs and Haston families have not responded to the offers for their properties as of the time of the meeting, but have time remaining for the 30 day time limit from the date of the offer.
Paul Shaffer of BF&S updated the board on the project. He expects the preliminary design for the grading and drainage portions of the project by July 1st, 2020. He stated that the south end of the runway will need extra fill since it is about 30 feet lower than the north end. He recommended that the board bid the grading and drainage packages separately to allow for a larger number of bids for the grading package. The grading and drainage should be completed in Fiscal Year 2020 from grants obtained in 2019. Paving and lighting should be completed in Fiscal Year 2021 with grants from 2020 with the runway opening late in the summer of 2022.
Airport Manager Jerry Scheidler reported that there are currently 2 hangars available for rent. He reported that the maintenance contract for the QT Pods are required. Since the board approved the cellular portion of the contract last month but did not agree to purchase the maintenance contract. As a result, the board passed a motion to purchase the maintenance program, bringing the total cost to just over $900.00.
The board will hold its next meeting on November 25th at 7:00 pm at Greensburg City Hall.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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