Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Property secured for 5,000-foot concrete runway: Chillicothe Municipal Airport (KCHT), Missouri

Expanding a runway so that the Chillicothe Municipal Airport can accommodate corporate jets has been a long journey, but the city is nearing the final pre-construction stages with the passage of two ordinances Monday evening.

One ordinance related to a state block grant agreement and the other involved an airport consulting agreement with a master plan update and airport layout plan.

The airport improvement program includes constructing a 5,000-foot concrete runway.

This has been in the works since 2000 and the city just last month acquired the last of seven properties necessary for the expansion.

On Monday, city council members authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in regard to a state block grant agreement for the airport improvement program and all acts necessary to carry out the terms of the agreement.

The portion of the grant is for $40,384, with a local match of $4,487.

The council also authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with H.W. Lochner, Inc., to provide professional services in regard to an aviation project consultant agreement. The city has utilized this firm for many years.

“A little bit of history is being made,” Mayor Chuck Haney said during the council meeting.

The airport expansion project has been 90 percent funded through the federal and state governments, with a 10 percent local match.

The airport-related issues were the main topics of discussion for the council during the regular meeting.

Read more here:  http://www.chillicothenews.com

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