Sunday, September 27, 2015

Runway work OK’d: Hugh Robinson Airport (KEOS), Neosho, Missouri

Neosho City Council gave final approval at a special Wednesday meeting to execute an agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to seal and remark runway 1-19 and parallel and connecting taxiways at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport.

Council approved the measure on first reading at its regular meeting last week, a couple of days after being notified that the ordinance had to be finalized by the end of September, according to Development Services Director Dana Daniel.

“It’s an application for a block grant agreement with MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) Aviation for our airport,” Daniel explained. “That allows us to use some federal funds toward a paving project at the airport.”

The federal funds can be accumulated for several years, Daniel said, as the city had until the end of the month to utilize the remaining $2,246 in 2012 funds. Some 2013 funds also will be used for the next step.

“We’re in the design phase right now with the engineer,” he said. “Once the design phase is done, we’ll put it out for bid, and then we’ll come back to the council for permission to appoint a contractor.”

Federal funds from 2013 and 2014 will be used to complete the project, Daniel said.

The city receives $150,000 in federal funds for airport projects annually, he mentioned, that can be accumulated for up to five years. The city will pay $29,000 toward the $290,000 project cost, the remainder coming from the federal funds.

Daniel plans to have the work done next spring.

“The runway and the taxiway is no different than a city, a county or a highway roadway,” he noted. “You get wear and tear due to weather, due to traffic, and especially with aircraft we have to make sure that the joints and cracks are maintained so we don’t damage any aircraft or cause any issues.”


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