City preps 
airport master plan for MoDOT

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Taxiways, fueling system to be addressed with grant funds

The Cassville Municipal Airport is in the process of updating its master plan, a list of projects that is completed approximately every five years for airports to maintain and update taxiways and other specific areas that need attention.

The city anticipates receiving a $50,000 grant from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to complete the aviation projects, but only after deciding what specific projects need to be done and submitting a plan.

"We get so much money allotted each year," said Danny Hendricks, Southwest Aviation owner, who is contracted by the city to maintain the hangar and general operations of the airport. "What the project is right now is reviewing our airport plan, the master plan. It doesn't have to be a whole new complete plan. So, they'll revamp it, and then two of the projects we're looking at are the rehabbing of the fuel system and work done in the taxiway and parking area."

Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley said the entire airport, which is at least 40 years old, was resurfaced several years ago.

"It gets done periodically," he said. "Also, a whole new lighting system was put in about six to eight years ago, along the runways and taxiways. What we're doing right now is getting projects spoken for and they will go in next year's budget. It's a public airport. It was built with federal money. The city leases the hangars to private individuals.

"There are no commercial flights. Southwest Aviation is the flight-based operation who has the contract to do the fueling and maintenance work. They are the ones who oversee the airport. We have already rescinded some money in the past, so this piece will be used for future projects. As long as we commit those projects, we don't have to give that money up. It's not ours until we spend it."

Shiveley said MoDot will send a letter to ask if the city has a project to complete and what the expected date is. The city has until September to submit a master to plan.

"We do have a plan and some projects," Shiveley said. "We'll let them know what our plan is for the next two years and the amount of money we need to do it. We should have the plan ready in the next month to six weeks."

"What we're going to be doing is going back to the airport board first and presenting some project work, then to the city council, and the city will approve," said Steve Walensky, public works director for the city.

At some point, Southwest Aviation plans to pay for a study to figure out where to spend the money and update the master plan, which was last updated seven years ago. That includes doing a 10-percent match for projects.

"We can do that, but it's for a hangar project where we would lease it for our business, so we'd pay a 10 percent match for that," Hendricks said. "That hasn't even happened yet. Nobody's paid anything yet. All we've done is gone through the process and voted for the engineers we're going to try and hire. Once that happens, then they'll do a plan, present it to the state, then decide what the airport is eligible for."

Hendricks estimated the process from start to finish would take about two to three years.

"We'll start with a new fuel system and taxiways," he said. "Actual construction will probably not begin until maybe mid-2016. About spring, we'll have some good information.

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