Air­port run­way ex­ten­sion run­ning be­hind sched­ule

Com­mis­sion­ers are also briefed on a new hangar pro­posal.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor DWalker@RN-T.com To list an event email RomeNewsTri­bune@RN-T. com, call 706-290-5252 or fax 706-290-5301.

Pa­per­work is­sues have put the Richard B. Rus­sell Re­gional Air­port run­way ex­ten­sion up to a month be­hind sched­ule.

How­ever, a con­sul­tant has con­firmed the draft en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment for the project has been com­pleted and ac­cepted by the avi­a­tion unit of the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion for re­view.

James Miorin, with Baker Con­sul­tants, said un­fore­seen pa­per­work is­sues re­lated to the SPLOST-funded run­way ex­ten­sion have put the project any­where from a cou­ple of weeks to a month be­hind sched­ule, but the project is mov­ing for­ward now.

As­sis­tant Floyd County Man­ager Gary Burkhal­ter said get­ting a good han­dle on the timetable for the project is im­por­tant since the county is cash-flow­ing all of the SPLOST projects, and he needs to know when fund­ing needs to be avail­able.

Air­port Man­ager Mike Mathews also briefed air­port com­mis­sion­ers on the sta­tus of plans for a spec build­ing be­ing con­sid­ered for the air­port.

Burkhal­ter said the plan would be to use the build­ing as a base for a fu­ture air­craft in­dus­try em­ployer. But un­til a per­ma­nent ten­ant is iden­ti­fied, the build­ing could be leased out to house air­craft that need a se­cured space dur­ing overnight stays in Rome.

“We’re still try­ing to de­ter­mine how big we want the build­ing,” Mathews said.

He told air­port com­mis­sion­ers that he was in the process of ob­tain­ing prices for de­sign and con­struc­tion of the build­ing.

Mathews said he is look­ing at an 80-by-120foot struc­ture and al­ready has one air­craft that is es­sen­tially com­mit­ted to a lease in the build­ing.

“We def­i­nitely want to keep a rev­enue stream go­ing un­til the Cham­ber has a prospect,” he said.

Mathews said that as a re­sult of an in­spec­tion at the air­port, he is in the process of ob­tain­ing ease­ments on 20 prop­er­ties to clear trees at the end of both run­ways.

He also has got­ten ap­praisals for the pur­chase of two prop­er­ties near the in­ter­sec­tion of Old Dal­ton Road and War­ren Road. To­gether the two parcels would cost ap­prox­i­mately $75,000.

Mathews said a home on one of the parcels would be de­mol­ished af­ter trees are cut and his in­tent is to have the fire depart­ment use the site for a fire train­ing ex­er­cise.

The ac­qui­si­tion ex­penses would be funded by a Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion grant that would pick up 90 per­cent of the cost, the state and county would pay 5 per­cent each.

The air­port com­mis­sion voted to ta­ble any ac­tion on the pur­chase un­til they can de­ter­mine the cost of de­mo­li­tion in the event the old ranch-style home has any as­bestos in it.

Mathews said late Wed­nes­day that GDOT had agreed to in­clude what­ever the cost of de­mo­li­tion was in grant fund­ing.

FRI­DAY

The Re­new Our Rivers 2017 cleanup will take place Fri­day from 8 a.m. un­til 1 p.m. at Ar­muchee Creek. The group will meet at New Ar­muchee Bap­tist Church, 5385 Martha Berry High­way, for stag­ing, break­fast and a safety talk. Par­tic­i­pants should wear boots and long pants. The cleanup will con­cen­trate near the ceme­tery be­tween Martha Berry

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High­way and Old Sum­merville Road. Boats will not be needed, but vol­un­teers with trucks and winches to re­move ap­pli­ances, so­fas and other items will be help­ful. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-236-4456. Break­fast, lunch, T-shirts and door prizes will be pro­vided.

Doug Walker / Rome News-Tri­bune

Air­port Man­ager Mike Mathews points out parcels he is seek­ing ease­ment on to clear trees that are part of safety en­hance­ments at the end of the run­ways.

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