Airport runway extension running behind schedule
Commissioners are also briefed on a new hangar proposal.
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.
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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.