Friday, January 06, 2012

Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK) to receive new snowplow. Frederick, Maryland.

Frederick Municipal Airport has added a snowplow to its small fleet.

Before the city receives any significant snowstorms, Frederick Municipal Airport expects to add a plow to its small fleet.

"It's hard to talk about snow removal when it's a balmy 52 degrees today," airport manager Kevin Daugherty said at Thursday's public hearing.

Working with the city's purchasing department, Daugherty acquired a new Z-Bar Wheel Loader for snow removal. The board voted 4-0-1 to purchase the plow for about $128,000.

An existing equipment contract provided a 35 percent discount, and the vendor, the Vernon F. Stup Co., offered an additional 10 percent deduction, bringing the original $218,000 price down to the final cost of $127,800.

"It's a win-win-win for us," Daugherty said.

The airport's current snow-removal fleet consists of one plow and two worn trucks. The new wheel loader will be a welcome addition to the airport, Daugherty said.

Krimm agreed, saying that it is important to pilots and other airport users that the runways are cleared in a timely manner.

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