Council to consider managing airport itself

The new Conway Municipal Airport, which is planned to open in 2014, will be managed by the city, and the Conway City Council will begin taking steps to install a department head to run the airport.

After establishing an Airport Advisory Committee, the council will now consider a resolution that will place the airport as a department within the city. The committee recommended this to Conway Mayor Tab Townsell last week.

“The committee voted unanimously to recommend that the City take over the management of the new airport when it becomes operational by hiring a good manager who would report to the council,” said Bill Hegeman, chairman of the advisory committee. “It was the feeling of the committee that this would give us the greatest control of all the factors relative to the operation of a new facility, provide the highest revenue stream, better control investments in the new facility and better project the positive image that is desired in a general aviation airport.”

The committee includes Hegeman, William Adkisson, Brad Teague, Steve Magie, Fletcher Smith, Harrell Clendenin, Kevin Wish, Jack Bell and Ronnie Hall.

The city now utilizes a Fixed Base Operator to operate and manage the current airport with little or no input from city officials.

The new airport is on schedule for a late summer opening in 2014, according to Hall. The council will consider the acceptance of a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will be part of the numerous grants given from the agency and the state for the airport. A $7.5 million loan has been secured for the ability to finish the airport, until the sale of the old airport is complete. According to amounts given by Hall, the net cost of the new airport to the city is about $9 million.

More

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:54

Arkansas House panel advances competing tax cut plans

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers put a wrinkle in Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s push for a low-income tax cut on Thursday, with a House committee advancing a competing tax credit from Democrats along with the Republican’s $50 million proposal.

Read more
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:56

Tennessee woman struck by Little Rock police vehicle dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock say a Tennessee woman who was struck by an officer driving a police sport utility vehicle has died.

Read more
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:47

UCAPD educates community on stalking awareness

The University of Central Arkansas Police Department is partnering with the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Stalking Resource Center for the month of January to promote National Stalking Awareness.

Read more