Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Council Liaison Proposes Change to Advisory Board: Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWF), Twin Falls, Idaho

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TWIN FALLS • The airport advisory board may consider including a business representative in its membership.

Chris Talkington, City Council liaison to the board, said during the meeting Tuesday he intends to come forward with a suggested bylaw change.

The recommendation would also go forward to the city and the county for consideration.

The recommendation was prompted by business owners who were frustrated with the placement of a taxilane — a portion of an aircraft parking area — for the new FedEx air cargo facility.

“I think it’s time for the airport board to consider designating one of their members to come either from an airport business employer, or the employee,” Talkington said.

The item may come back before the board in August, because the advisory board will not have a July meeting.

Precision Aviation owner Mark Doerr said the city was proposing building a taxilane close to a parcel of property he’s leased since 2012. Doerr planned to build another hangar on the parcel, and proposed a relocated design for the taxilane. The item was tabled after a lengthy discussion.

Airport Manager Bill Carberry said the Federal Aviation Administration recommends a preliminary design be completed with the public’s involvement at future meetings. Everything at this point is conceptual, he said.

Carberry also highlighted the airport’s budget priorities for the upcoming 2017 fiscal year, which include a $2.8 million reconstruction of Taxiway A, replacement of a 1996 fire truck, and forward-funding of a connector taxiway. The board also approved moving forward with funding the $90,000 preliminary design for the FedEx and future expansion taxilane.

Reconstruction of the eastern half of Taxiway A is planned for summer or fall of 2017, and may disrupt all aircraft, with closures and alternate routes.

“It could take two to three months,” Carberry said.

The local match for the $4 million projects is about 6.3 percent, paid for by passenger fees.

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