Humboldt approves airport plan

HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt City Council approved the submittal of the five-year airport capital improvement plant to the Federal Aviation Administration Monday.

“This plan includes several projects that have been identified as needs by the airport commission,” said City Administrator Aaron Burnett.

The plan will be submitted to the FAA for possible grants covering 90 percent of the project costs and requiring 10 percent local matching grants.

For fiscal year 2015, the airport commission is considering purchasing a used tractor to help with snow removal. The local cost would be about $18,000, none of which would be city funds.

“There is added benefit beyond snow removal to have the equipment out there,” Burnett said.

The city had been plowing the runway but Burnett said the piled-up snow blocks the hanger doors. The airport will use its own snow removal equipment in combination with the tractor, he said.

In 2017, new runway lighting will be installed. The current lighting is becoming antiquated and problems are arising, Burnett said.

For 2018, the commission expressed a need for a storage building for snow equipment.

The runway is starting to have issues and it is not sure how long recent repairs will extend the life of the runway. The commission is looking at repairs in 2019.

“These are things the commission has identified as needs but they are not committed to them,” Burnett said.

The council approved submitting the plans to the FAA.