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October 1, 2012

Stillwater City Council approves amended airport construction contract

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater Regional Airport’s taxiway project hit an approximately $37,000 snag when TTK Construction Co., Inc., discovered some existing runway and taxiway lighting would wind up under the new taxiway.

Some of the cables were too shallow and needed to be relocated anyway, Airport Director Gary Johnson wrote in a report to the Stillwater City Council.

The Stillwater Regional Airport Authority approved the construction contract amendment at its Sept. 20 meeting. The Stillwater City Council OK’d the change Monday.

Johnson said the contractor has been asked to add access points on the taxiway to make repairs easier.

The taxiway project will now cost $2.35 million. The Federal Aviation Administration is paying 85 percent of the cost, and the city pays 5 percent. The change also added 20 days to the construction timetable.

“We are adding a lighted windsock, too,” Johnson said. The windsock will be placed at the approach to Runway 17. The FAA recommended the lighted windsock during several previous certification inspections.

City councilors also let the airport hold onto $150,000 from the FAA. The Stillwater Regional Airport receives $150,000 annually from FAA non-primary entitlement funds. The FAA allows airports to carry over those funds for up to three years.

The airport applied entitlement funds through 2011 to the taxiway project. It held onto the $150,000 from 2012 and wants to add the 2013 entitlement to it for a total of $300,000.

“You can’t do a lot with $150,000,” Johnson said. The city gets more “bang for its bucks” by putting several of those grants together.

Eventually, the money could be spent on:

• completion of the parallel taxiway system

• reconstruction of the apron north on Hanger No. 1

• reconstructing the taxi lane for T-hanger No. 2

• a testing and engineering report for apron reconstruction adjacent to the terminal

• adding wildlife and perimeter security fencing

City councilors also approved the second year of five, one-year leases with Hanger 1 Flight Center LLC for office space at the airport.

Hanger 1 Flight Center LLC has a fleet of four aircraft available for flight training and aircraft rental.

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