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Airport authority considers projects
Saturday, March 23, 2013
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
REYNOLDSVILLE - Although there wasn't a quorum of members in attendance to conduct business at yesterday's Clearfield and Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority meeting, those attending considered a list of projects for the coming months.
Members present were Jeff Bellmore, Loren Bishop, Jay Chamberlin and Gene Mineweaser. Those absent were Todd Arnold, Joe Barber, Judy Mitchell, David Stern and Rick Wise.
Robert Shaffer, manager, said all the projects presented qualify for grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, but the issue is whether the authority can come up with money to match the grant. He said in an interview following the meeting, there is no cost estimate yet for the upgrades but he would be checking on prices and would have an assessment ready to present at the authority's April meeting.
Shaffer presented the roll of tasks, which he said was refined by the authority's executive committee at its recent meeting. They include rehabilitation of ramps and taxiway to the airport's T-hangar. The building was constructed in 1980 and the pavement is original to the structure. FAA would provide 95 percent of the cost.
Rehabilitation of a maintenance hangar, including repairs to concrete slabs and a footer, also needs done. Shaffer said the building was constructed in the early 1970s and storm water run-off has deteriorated the foundation. This project would be eligible for 75 percent of the cost funded by FAA, he said.
A pickup truck to remove snow and check the braking action on the runway is also needed. Shaffer said the current vehicle is 12 years old. FAA would pay 95 percent of the cost of the truck.
Adding a backup well to the airport's water system would be useful. Shaffer said until recently, although distribution piping at a second well is in place, it was unable to be added to the system until now because electrical power could not be run to it. The FAA would provide 95 percent of the cost of the project.
An upgrade is needed for the airport's alarm and security system, added in 2000, to bring them up to current specifications. The FAA would also pay 95 percent of the cost.
For each of the projects, the state Department of Transpor-tation's Bureau of Aviation would pick up a portion of the cost, in four of the projects, 2.5 percent of the remaining 5 percent, leaving the authority to pay the remaining 2.5 percent.
Loren Bishop, chairman, also urged the public to utilize the airport. He said if the DuBois Regional Airport does not have 10,000 passengers in 2013 the amount of federal funding it receives would be drastically reduced and the authority would be in a "precarious position."
Shaffer also noted yesterday, he has had an inquiry from a local company about the remaining property in the air commerce park. He said the property is a good value since there is some funding available to develop the site, it is classified as a Keystone Opportunity Zone, the environmental permits including a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit and storm water management plan is in place, water and wastewater systems are available and the airport has Foreign Trade Zone designation.
The authority's next meeting is scheduled for April 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the DuBois Regional Airport conference room.
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