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Airport projects coming slightly over budget

Posted: March 24, 2014 - 6:09pm

The new Conway Municipal Airport will take further steps toward reality when the Conway City Council will accept a bid offer for the Community Hangar Construction during its meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the District Court Building.

The action is one of two concerning the new airport, which according to documents provided, is currently coming in about $80,000 over budget.

Funds provided from the city, the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics, Conway Corporation and Federal Aviation Association matching grants show $79,816.70 over budget. The total project cost sits at about $10.6 million, which includes a new terminal building, fueling facilities, public hangars and reserve for possible wildlife mitigation among other items.

The council will consider bids submitted for the construction of the community hangar, and the Airport Advisory Committee has recommended Pick-It Construction, who submitted a base bid of $649,902.25, about $100 less than the next competing bid. The funds for the project are included in the budget from the proceeds of the Cantrell Field land sale.

“As noted with $200,000 reserved for possible waterfowl habitat mitigation, the various projects total about $80,000 more than the $6,100,000 proceeds from the sale of Cantrell Field,” Ronnie Hall said in his recommendation letter to the council.

The council will also consider waiving bids and appropriating funds for the purchase of furniture and interior finishes for the new terminal at the airport.

In other business, the council will:

• consider a request for a conditional use permit to allow for a child care for property located at 705 Donaghey Ave.

• consider a request from Robinson & Center Church of Christ for a conditional use permit to allow religious activities for property that is located at 620 and 622 Center St.

• consider an ordinance appropriating reimbursement funds for the Administration Department.

• consider an ordinance to amend an earlier sign ordinance prohibiting billboards or lowering the cap on billboards.

• consider an ordinance amending an earlier ordinance providing for city employees and city council members to do business with the city.

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Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd 03/25/14 - 04:57 pm

explain to me why Conway Corporation, and yes I know it is a city owned entity, has put money into the airport project? I just don't get it.

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