Tentative bid opening for new airport terminal is Feb. 16

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CARROLL COUNTY -- The Carroll County Airport Commission heard a report saying a new terminal building is right on schedule.

The architects expect to advertise for bids on Feb. 1, Feb. 8, and Feb. 15. A tentative date of Feb. 16 has been set for opening bids.

The commissioners hope construction will begin in spring. "We're already getting good advance interest from local contractors," said Chairman Dave Teigen, "and we hope to award as much as possible to local contractors."

The existing terminal has some termite damage, but it consists of two buildings which were brought to the site and bolted together, and the buildings may be sold or given away. A decision on the old building must come soon, the commissioners noted, because construction could start in March, and the new terminal will occupy the site of the existing one.

Long-range planning

The airport will soon be designated for instrument approach. Buildings within 250 feet of the center of the runway will need warning paint or lights. Some trees at both ends of the runway will need to be removed.

The Capital Improvement Plan for the next few years includes installing another runway ramp at the present location of the wind sock, which will be moved to the west.

Another rehab project is planned for the fueling ramp. By 2013, the main runway should receive a major rehab, with an improved drainage system below the runway, and a new asphalt overlay.

Miscellaneous

* The commissioners will contact the designer of a Web site for another airport, to improve the airport's Web presence.

* A project to replace the runway lights has been completed, except for filling in some ditches. The commissioners praised the contractor and the bright lights of the finished product. A new generator was discussed. Powering the runway lights and the beacon will not require a very large generator, because the new runway lights are LEDs.

* Airport Manager Perry Evans reported good fuel sales in December, despite poor weather for flying.

* This meeting had originally been scheduled for Jan. 7, but it was delayed a week by weather.

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