Commissioners approved a grant application for federal funding that will allow the airport’s apron to be rehabilitated. The total funding being requested in the grant is $663,000. The majority of the funds would be federal ($596,700), while the county and state would be responsible for $33,150 each.
David Edgil, the county’s engineer, said the apron rehabilitation is a project the county has wanted to do for several years, but local funds had to be built up before it could move forward.
“We have the matching funds now and are ready to move forward,” Edgil sad.
Commissioners also approved a low-bid for the airport project, which came from Good Hope Contracting for $553,035.32. Edgil said the grant application has already been pre-approved, which allowed for the bid to be accepted. The more than $100,000 difference in the bid and the grant funds will go to fees associated with engineering and inspection, Edgil added.
The project will include the breaking down of two to three inches of pavement on the top of the apron, which will be followed by a new overlay of pavement. Edgil said the airport isn’t in dire need for the project, but it is needed. “It’s not in terrible shape right now, but it’s something that needs to be done to keep it from getting to that point,” he said.
Edgil said construction on the project should start in the fall.
In other action from the meeting, the commission:
•Approved a standard resolution project with the Alabama Department of Transportation for a project to replace a bridge on Highway 269 over an Alabama Power railroad and Baker Creek.
•Approved a surfacing project on the New Oakman Highway.
•Approved an airport lease for Nethery Investments.
•Approved a contract with ARISTA for a print and mailout system in the Walker County Revenue Commissioner’s Office.
•Approved a contract with S & W MiniComputers to provide an upgrade to a Windows-based property system for the revenue commissioner’s office.