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Everett-Stewart airport a whirlwind of activity with ongoing projects

Everett-Stewart airport a whirlwind of activity with ongoing projects
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
The entrance road isn’t the only thing undergoing major changes this spring at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport.
The airport board met Tuesday morning to review work being done or planned on 10 separate projects at the airport.
“We’ve got some projects wrapping up, some projects kicking off,” airport consultant Randy Hudgings told the board.
Work is finishing up on the decommissioning of an underground storage tank and the installation of a security fence around the airport. Other projects under way at the local airport include work on a new taxi-lane connector, the design of a new multiple-unit hangar, a new airport layout plan and the completion of the airport’s runway extension project.
“That project is wrapping up,” Hudgings told the board about the airport’s storage tank project.
As for the multiple-unit airplane hangar, Hudgings said design work on the building is about 90 percent complete and construction on the building should begin in August. Hudgings said the hangar should be completed in about two months.
He said work on the design of the new hangar for cropdusting airplanes is “moving forward.”
“I think it will be very nice, very impressive,” airport manager Jo Ann Speer said. “I’m very excited about it.”
A funding request for the construction phase of the agricultural hangar project is expected to be submitted to the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission in July. The estimated starting date for construction of the new hangars is in September, according to Hudgings.
Meanwhile, road crews are continuing to work on the completion of the new access road to the airport from Highway 22 East. There is a considerable amount of work being done on the roadway from Highway 431 to the airport terminal.
Future plans call for a new airport sign, being designed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, to be erected at the intersection of Highway 431 and the airport road.
With all the projects taking place at the local airport, the airport board is continuing to take advantage of grants that are financing most of the costs for the projects.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Mrs. Speer informed the board fuel sales at the airport are “well ahead” of last year’s sales.
That is good news for the board, which has already started working on a new budget for its 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Mrs. Speer was scheduled to present a preliminary 2012-13 airport budget to the county commission’s budget committee early today.
The airport board’s next meeting has been scheduled for June 18. The time of the meeting that day has yet to be determined.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.23.12

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