Monday, May 15, 2017

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (KSRB) to repaint runways

The Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board of Directors’ recent meeting had a relatively light agenda, but two highlights included the announcement that the airport’s runway will be getting a facelift and a list of items presented by outgoing interim airport manger Jim Kmet for the board to consider for the future.

One of the larger items that will deal with the operations of the airport was discussed during the engineer’s report. The runway at the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will be undergoing a facelift, as crews will begin on a project to repaint the strips. This project will be conducted overnight, 8 p.m.-5 a.m.

During this time, all lights will be turned off at the airport, and the runway will be closed during this time schedule. Also, the runway will be set up on certain days as unmarked. Pilots are recommended to contact the airport with any questions they may have about this project.

Additionally, outgoing interim airport manager Jim Kmet presented to the board a list of items that he feels will need to be addressed in the near future. Those four items that were presented to the board are:

-Decommissioning the outdated ground navigation system that is under annual contract

-Increasing the amount of hangar reps

-Extending the A and B row hangars

-Planning for terminal upgrade and expansion project

Board members advised Kmet that all of those concerns are also concerns of the board. Airport manager Dean Selby was instructed to work on presenting a plan over the next several months to address at least three of these concerns.

Cookeville City Mayor Ricky Shelton also gave a comment of praise for Kmet, “I want to say thank you Jim for stepping in and helping.”

Other business that was discussed during the airport board meeting included a progress report of the election process for selecting a new airport pilot representative for the board. Kmet advised the ballots are being returned and should have a name for the board’s consideration by the June meeting.

During the review of the financial statement, questions were brought forward about the money market funds and the lack of those funds drawing any significant interest. The fund is now approximately $875,000. The board instructed Selby to look at other options that could increase the interest revenue for the funds.

The board discussed the courtesy car situation that was addressed during the April meeting. It was recommended by Kmet that the board accept an SUV that has been deemed surplus by the City of Cookeville. Kmet also recommended that either the City of Sparta or White County provide the airport with an additional surplus vehicle. The board voted unanimously to approve the request.

All board members were present at the May 9, 2017, meeting, with the exception of Sparta Mayor Jeff Young and Putnam County Executive Randy Porter.

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport is a joint multi-government operated airport owned by the City of Cookeville, City of Sparta, White County and Putnam County. The board of directors will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., on June 13, 2017, in the airport’s conference room.

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