WARSAW — Business at this month’s Board of Aviation Commissioners held Tuesday, July 10, focused on the future with discussion of the Warsaw Municipal Airport’s 2019 budget.
Airport Manager Nick King presented an outline of the proposed budget to board members. The Warsaw City Council will approve the budget before it is official. King stated that funding set aside for crack sealing may decrease, as budgeting for that tends to exceed what is actually done.
“We’re strongly encouraging not over-budgeting for the sake of sustainability based on revenue,” said Mayor Joe Thallemer.
King also said that what money isn’t spent stays in the airport’s account. Currently, the account is estimated to have approximately $500,000. While discussing the proposed budget, board members mentioned crack sealing and upkeep of roadways. King mentioned that it’s difficult to cover potholes in the area with asphalt due to weather conditions.
The board also signed a grant it received for designing and re-engineering a north-south runway at the airport. Concrete will be used instead of asphalt, as it requires little maintenance and has substantial strength.
“It’s a little more expensive, but it’s a lot of savings in the long run,” said King, mentioning that crack sealing would be non-existent with a concrete runway.
In other business:
- The board approved minutes for its June 12 meeting.
- June claims of $118,868.46 were approved.
- The next board meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.