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Airport budget up for council approval

Posted: August 25, 2014 - 5:38pm

The Conway City Council will vote on several ordinances related to opening the new airport at its Tuesday night meeting, including approval of the airport’s budget.

The budget for 2014 shows a projected $345,810 in revenue, mostly generated by aviation fuel sales and hangar rental, and $358,471 in expenses — with the airport’s fuel bill adding more than $230,000 in expenses.

Airport Manager Josh Zylks said that the two full-time employees at the existing Dennis F. Cantrell Field will keep their jobs at the new airport. About $52,000 is budgeted for salaries for the rest of the year, including what Zylks has earned since June. His salary is $60,000 per year.

The airport will also operate out of its own enterprise fund in an arrangement similar to the city’s sanitation department, should the council approve creating the new fund. This will keep the revenues and expenses separate from general fund revenue, but still provide for any losses to be recovered from the general fund.

It is hoped that the airport will be solvent by year’s end, and can start building a positive balance in its enterprise fund, both Zylks and Mayor Tab Townsell said. A slight increase in fuel sales over what has been projected and a third signed lease for a larger “corporate” hangar would put the airport in the black by year’s end.

The council will also vote on rezoning the “old” airport property from I-3 industrial to PUD in accordance with plans to redevelop the property as the Central Landing shopping center — a plan that is dependent on the will of Conway’s voters in September, when the election to rededicate a 1/8-cent sales tax to service street improvement bonds necessary for the city’s contractual obligation to the Central Landing developer will be held.

The council will also consider bids for a new aircraft tug, a ground power unit (a vehicle-towed electrical generator for aircraft) and a fuel system supplier/fuel truck agreement.

The new airport is set to open on Sept. 5.

In other business, the council will consider:

• A resolution requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector place to place certified liens on property located at 24 Woodlawn Drive as a result of incurred expenses by the City.

• A resolution setting a public hearing to discuss the closing of a 10 foot and a 13.5 foot easement located in Lot A, Block 1 Harkrider Addition.

• An ordinance appropriating funds for engineering services for adaptive signal control for the Conway Street Department.

• A resolution establishing the intent of the City of Conway to annex certain lands located on the east side of Mill Pond Road North of Mountain Park Estates with an R-1 zoning.

• Consideration of a conditional use permit request from Sheena Ivory to allow in-home child care for property that is located at 604 South Davis Street (the applicant is returning to the council to make her case for reconsideration of her proposal, which was denied at the last meeting, before the end of the 12-month waiting period).

• An ordinance to rezone property known as Old Cantrell Field located at South of Sixth Street, west of I-40 and East of Harkrider Street from I-3 to PUD.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at Northeast corner of Factory and Monroe Streets from R-2A to O-2.

• A conditional use permit for temporary bank building for property located at the northeast corner of Factory and Monroe.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at 1755 Meadowlake Road from R-2 to O-3.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at 2595 Nutters Chapel Road from R-1 to PUD.

• An ordinance to rezone property located at 2215 Dave Ward Drive from O-1 to RU-1.

• A conditional use permit request for property located at 2215 Dave Ward Drive.

• An ordinance amending the 2013 budget and appropriating funds associated with Rogers Plaza for the Conway Parks & Recreation Department (a piece of procedural housekeeping to account for money already allocated and spent at the plaza project).

• And approval of the monthly financial report ending July 31, 2014.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb, can be reached by email at joe.lamb@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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