Thursday, January 26, 2012

City Requests Final Amount for Taxilane Work at Washington Regional Airport (KFYG) , Missouri.

City officials hope to receive the final amount needed for a taxilane paving project at the Washington airport, so that work can begin this summer.

At the administration/operations committee meeting Monday evening, Washington City Council members reviewed a draft letter asking for the funds.

Currently, the taxilane project, estimated to cost roughly $545,000 for construction and engineering work, is short by $123,000.

Over the last three years, the city has received a total of $422,428.43 through nonprimary entitlement grants through the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division. That amount includes a total local match of $21,121.43.

Brian Boehmer, assistant city administrator, said the city is prepared to provide the local match for the remaining funds necessary.

“By sending this letter off, we are committing ourselves to the matched portion,” Boehmer told the council.

Because the city has a shovel-ready project, it may be favored to receive the funds, Boehmer said.

“When you have projects ready to build, you’re in a much better light,” Boehmer said.

In conjunction with the taxilane project, the city will fund a related, but separate, project — a new 12-unit T-hangar building. The hangar will house 10 smaller units and two large units.

The total estimated cost for the hangar is $573,956.35, which includes costs for design services.

The hangar will be paid for solely out of the city’s half-cent capital improvement sales tax fund.

The city plans to reimburse the fund through rental fees the city will collect from individuals or companies renting hangar space.

In 2011, the city awarded separate contracts to Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc., to design both projects.

According to the draft letter, the T-hangar could be under construction by June 2012 and completed by August 2012.

Work on the taxilane could start by September 2012 and finished by November 2012.

The airport currently has 20 single hangar units and four large units and there is a waiting list for hangar space.

Both the Washington 353 Redevelopment Corporation and the Civic Industrial Corporation have endorsed these projects.


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