WARSAW — The Board of Aviation Commissioners voted to begin the process of searching for an airport consultant during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
“Last fall, we initially brought this up, but we tabled the discussion due to the traction we were gaining on some of the projects we were hoping to move forward with this spring,” said Airport Manager Nick King.
King presented a tentative plan to the board on how the Warsaw Municipal Airport would obtain an airport consultant and recommended several different engineering firms the board could consider for the position.
“My goal would hopefully be to have a consultant selected by the end of December,” said King.
Interested applicants would have to submit a submission of qualification to the airport. An evaluation committee would then be established to choose the firm that would serve as the airport consultant.
“Typically, other airports have the airport manager, the mayor of the city, and two aviation board members on the committee,” said King. “I would also recommend that the city engineer be a part of the committee as well. He would be able to give us technical advice if something specific were to come up that we would need to lean on him. I think he would be a very good asset to the group.”
The board voted to have Board Member Dan Robinson and Board President Jay Rigdon on the evaluation committee.
King also thanked the city’s wastewater and stormwater departments for their help with cleaning storm drains at the airport.
The next board meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.