WARSAW — There was plenty of business to discuss at this month’s Board of Aviation Commissioners meeting Tuesday, May 8, as there was no meeting in April.
New business at the meeting focused on sealing cracks at the airport’s public parking lot and the Zimmer Biomet access road and parking lot. With the public parking lot, the cracks would be burned out and sealed with rubber tar. Faded parking marks would also be painted.
“Overall, it will refresh and revitalize the parking lot,” said airport manager Nick King.
The parking lot work would be completed by Ranger Materials in Warsaw, with a cost of $5,288. The board approved the work.
The board also discussed cleaning and filling cracks for the Zimmer Biomet access road and parking lot. Board members stated that they will reach out to hangar owners on that road to discuss the project.
Ken Ross of NGC Aviation Consultants was present at the meeting to continue discussion of rehabilitating runway 1836. The runway will be constructed with an asphalt and concrete overlay. A design is expected to be completed in July.
During the meeting, the board discussed fuel pricing, fuel incentives and land lease committees. The board is considering further study into its fuel policies and land leases to help keep the airport running.
“The airport isn’t here to be millionaires, but we need to be able to keep the lights on,” said King. “We want to make sure the airport is set up financially for the next five to 10 years.”
The meeting also covered financial claims for the airport in both March and April. In March, Collier’s Commercial Services did vent cleaning. J & K Communications also set up a radio system for the airport. The airport will be a part of the city of Warsaw’s new city-wide communication plan, where the airport can communicate with other town departments such as the police department, fire department, and parks department, among others.
The airport will also have its own separate frequency in order to better communicate with those on the ground while clearing runways.
Each town department will fund their own portion of the contract through a lease.
“”This will allow for more efficient communication at the airport, both countywide and separately,” said King.
In other business:
- The board approved minutes for its March 12 meeting. The board meeting scheduled for April 10 was cancelled due to lack of business.
- March claims of $71,380.16 and April claims of $144,649.89 were approved.
- The next board meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 12.