Tuesday, November 28, 2000
Routt County Regional Airport Director Jim Parker said Monday that two construction projects needed at the facility will probably go out to bid next summer.
The airport recently received a $111,000 state grant that will go toward matching a $2 million federal grant to build two taxiways.
Parker said another $111,000 for the matching funds will be provided by the county.
The $2 million federal grant will pay for reconstructing a commuter taxiway and the building of a taxiway to a site where new airplane hangars have been proposed.
"It will most likely be two separate grants," Parker said.
The two projects will bid at separate times next summer, and grant money will follow each bid, he said.
Getting the grants to pay for the improvements is an important project in the county because the airport plays an important role in getting tourists here to support the resort economy, County Commissioner Ben Beall said.
"It creates a lot of wealth in the community," he said.
The grants are important because of problems with the Yampa Valley Regional Airport's budget, County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said. One-fifth of sales taxes, about $700,000, goes to supplement airport operations because the facility doesn't pay for itself, she said.
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