Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Norwalk-Huron County Airport (5A1) financial condition improves

The Huron County Airport’s financial situation has appeared to improve during the course of the past month.

Just 30 days ago, the airport’s cash balance was down to about $3,600.

At Monday’s airport board meeting, the cash-in-bank total was at $34,749, though the board members did approve paying $6,059 of invoices.

“We’re moving out the red, slowly,” said Harry Brady, airport board president.

Brady thanked the county commissioners for the recent check for about $23,000. That money was paid to the county on land farmed at the airport.

In April, the airport sold 628 gallons of AvGas for a total of $2,816.

Big things are planned this year at the facility, including the completion of runway improvements.

The board approved a resolution authorizing a $130,373 apron rehabilitation grant and $16,000 in matching funds for an airport improvement plan grant application.

“We’re currently in dialogue with the Friends (of the Huron County Airport) for matching funds,” Brady said. “Hopefully, we can have that completely settled by next meeting. We want to make sure we get the airport up to where we can, but it takes money to do it.”

In other business, board member Randy Birchfield said the airport could use a few volunteers to help with the hangar lights.

Dan LeClair, president of the Friends, said if Birchfield could get him the dates, he could provide volunteers.

The board thanked local pilot Royden Smith for renting his lift to the facility to assist changing the hangar lights.

The board approved the spending of $100 for the restoration of the Wind-T, which includes lights.

The airport might be closed for three to five days the week of May 23 so the airport runway improvement project can be finished.

Also, board members agreed to the installation of two culvert pipes and stone on the west side of the property. This is an access area to airport fields for farmers.

“It is nice to pick up leases,” Brady said about a new hangar tenant.

Board members discussed different options for removing loose stone on the tarmac in front of the commercial hangar. Brady suggested 15 or 20 people with push brooms might work. It was noted that a machine equipped with brushes might do more damage than good to the tarmac due to its poor condition.

Finally, Trevor Rood, owner of Foghorn Designs, said his company has planned a customer appreciation event for Sept. 17 and wanted to include the airport. Foghorn operates out of the commercial building at the airport.

And, John Beck, who does maintenance and mechanical work at the airport, asked the board about raceway park lights located near the runway. 

Brady, along with board member Melissa James, told Beck the board, Federal Aviation Administration and Ohio Department of Transportation are “working on that.” 

Original article can be found here: http://www.norwalkreflector.com

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