Commissioners authorized Manager Stacy Hoggard to move forward with cleaning up an area southwest of the newer hangars.
Hoggard said there are some concrete slabs and other issues that make it impossible to keep the area mowed. She said plans to apply for state grants to add additional hangars would also benefit from having the area cleaned up.
“We are hoping to get a hangar grant, but we need to cleanup that area even if we don’t get that grant right away,” she said.
In addition to authorizing the cleanup, commissioners also authorized Hoggard to move forward with two grant applications. One, a 50/50 grant to add additional hangars, and the other, an 80/20 grant to extend taxiways and ramps to the new hangars.
She said there is a waiting list for individuals who would like to have private hangars at the airport.
Depending on costs and the amount of grant funds received, Hoggard said she is hopeful the airport could add four to six new hangars.
Commission Chair Don Cavenaugh said hangar space is profitable for the airport because the tenants pay rent and purchase fuel.
Also on Monday, the commission voted to allow Laco Manufacturing out of the remainder of its lease.
Judy Goodwin, who represented Laco at the meeting, said the business has been in operation 50 years, but recently lost its most valued customer when they decided to start doing everything in house.
“Our business just dried up,” she said.
Two and a half years into its current five-year lease, Laco will pay rent the next two to three months while the facility is being emptied.
Commissioners discussed options for the building in the future including using it for group hangar space or for an aeronautical business since it touches the runway.
In other business:
Hoggard reported that rehab work on 13/31 and 04/22 continues. Sept. 22 is the deadline for the work to be completed.
it was announced that plans for a visit by a B-17 for tours and rides later this year have been canceled. The visit was planned to correspond with the Thunder over the Rock event, which was canceled, as well.
Hoggard reported that the airport still has approximately $8,000 of the $30,000 in CARES funds received.
commissioners decided to not make repairs to the roof on Hut #4 at this time as it was not deemed cost-effective. The proposed repair was expected to cost around $8,000 with no guarantee that it would prevent the roof from leaking. The tenant will be allowed to continue the lease if willing.