According to Board Chairman Ray Miller, the cracked cement and asphalt of the old taxiways was cited in a recent state inspection, which recommended that the area be “cleaned up.”
“Once we’ve got that done, we’re good as an airport,” he said.
Miller and board engineer Ken Gilbert said they had raised the issue during a recent meeting with officials of the Federal Aviation Administration in Jackson, Mississippi, and would bring it up again in Washington, D.C. later this year during meeting with the local congressional delegation.
Gilbert said this project would be included as part of the next federal grant application, and he believed there was a very good chance that it would be funded.
Board member Calvin McCrae added that the board as a whole should commend Jim Brock and other airport employees for keeping the facility in such clean working order. The other board members agreed.
Also Tuesday, the board:
O Accepted a low bid of $12,980 to replace a damaged roof.
O Got an update from Gilbert on various projects including the transient apron, which is now complete except for project closeout.
O Heard Gilbert report that the state Department of Transportation may foot the bill for a mandatory wildlife study that the board normally would have to pay for itself.
O Discussed a security system for the existing terminal building, as well as the possibility of expanding or replacing that building.
O Discussed future runway extensions, but took no action.