Airport Manager Stacy Hoggard reported on work underway at the Walnut Ridge Airport during the Airport Commission meeting on Monday night.

She told commissioners that work on runway 04/22 funded by a federal grant received in 2019 is wrapping up.

She said the seal coating was completed the week before last, and workers were back this week to do the striping and numbering.

When that is complete, work will be done other than the beaded paint to make markings reflective, which cannot be done until 30 days have passed.

Hoggard also reported that Redstone did a preliminary visit to the airport this past Monday to finalize plans for work on two projects that are being funded by grants received in 2020.

Work is expected to begin on Monday and be completed by the end of September.

“For the next couple months we are going to have a lot going on,” Hoggard said.

Commissioners also discussed plans for an event slated in October by the Wings of Honor Museum. The event would offer opportunities to purchase a ride in a B-17 or to tour the aircraft.

Health guidelines would be observed. Commission Chair Don Cavenaugh asked about liability coverage for the event.

Hoggard will check on what insurance coverage is already in place through the airport’s policy and the Yankee Air Museum that will be coming in for the event.

She also said extra personnel or volunteers will be needed to help with the event.

In other business, the commission:

heard from Hoggard that income was staying on budget, even though jet fuel sales have been down with less air travel.

approved a plan for parking and traffic flow recommended by Hoggard for an auction for Laco Manufacturing, which is going out of business. A preview day will be held July 8, and the auction will be July 9.

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