By Maggie Kenworthy
WARSAW — The Warsaw Board of Aviation Commissioners meeting held today, June 8, was rather short with only a few project updates being given.
Mary Kerstein, CHA project manager, explained that the runway rehabilitation project is ongoing and that CHA is working with the FAA and Phend and Brown to complete close-out documents. She did state that CHA will be requesting a grant amendment in the future.
There was no real update on the powerline project. The grant application has been received by FAA headquarters but there is a slight hold-up. Kerstein explained that the FAA is likely holding onto the application for now because the amount requested for this project is more than it was originally earmarked for. This rise in cost is due to the long waiting time and increasing steel prices.
The hangar door project is continuing. CHA recently met with Robinson Construction to discuss their approach for some electrical items included in the project.
Airport Manager Nick King brought up the fact that Tom Farms had a two-year cash rent to farm the airport land that was originally over in 2019. Due to the pandemic, the board chose to extend this lease for an additional two years. Now that the lease is up again, King asked whether the board wanted to extend the lease by an additional year or bid out the land.
Board members were in agreement for bidding out the land as they believed there would be additional interest in the opportunity to farm the area. This will have an officially advertised bid process later this year.
The next meeting of the Warsaw Board of Aviation Commissioners will be held at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 13.