Councilman attend aviation conference

Three men recently attended an aviation conference in Galveston to learn more about what it takes to secure an airport grant. City Administrator Jeff Looney and City Councilmen Place 1 Joe Lee Kirgan and Place 4 Landis Bayless spent three days at the 36th Annual Texas Aviation Conference, hosted by TxDOT and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

The Fairfield Recorder submitted the following questions to Looney who, after clearing it with the city council, returned these answers:

  • n How much would it cost to maintain per year? “Approximately $60,000 a year and with a Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP) that is outlined in the CD we can get 90 percent of a lot of maintenance expenses back every year.”
  • n Would the city see any tax revenue from this project? “Yes, please refer to the CD presentation.”
  • n How much would it cost the city to build? “It depends on the airport we decide to build. We would like to see at least a 4,200 foot runway with hangars, fuel, and pilots lounge. It can be built in stages and would cost between $12-$17 million with government funding sources paying for a majority of the project, what the city pays could be 0 percent, 10 percent, or 25 percent, so I cannot give you an exact amount.”
  • n Where would it be built? “A site has already been picked but negotiations will have to be revived. Therefore I cannot tell you where that would be.”
  • n Are the grants matching or full? “There are different grants, some 90 percent, some 75 percenta, some 100 percent.”

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