An investment of $40,000

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A local construction company will install a new roof on the largest hangar at the Madison County Airport, officials said Wednesday.

The contract was awarded to London Construction Company for its bid of $40,000, said Dave Campbell, a member of the airport’s board.

Board member Dave Campbell said the roof with be laid over the existing roof and a tear-off will not be necessary.

The new roof is one of numerous projects Madison County commissioners discussed with airport officials during a meeting on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a lot going on,” said Bill Laney, spokesman for the airport.

He started at ground level.

The asphalt on the runway and other paved areas have developed “extensive” cracks, Laney said. Because the asphalt has to be of a high grade of asphalt, Laney said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will supply the material, which will also include a crack sealer for smaller fissures.

“We have to maintain the runway,” Laney said.

Most of the expense of the repairs, estimated at $200,000, will be covered by the FAA. Laney appealed to the commissioners to provide the local share, $20,000.

Laney said the board is also looking into the possibility of installing doors on hangars.

“Some hangars have no doors and are difficult to rent,” Laney said.

With doors, the hangars will be more desirable to rent and can command a rent higher by as much as $100 per month, Laney said.

Following a year of preparation, installation of the AWOS (Automated Weather Observing Systems) weather system at the airport is nearly ready to begin. The foundation has been laid and tower components lay nearby awaiting assembly, said John Duhl, airport manager. The installation crew is awaiting the arrival of some other integral parts before beginning.

The AWOS unit will provide weather information including temperature, dew point, cloud height or ceiling, visibility, precipitation type and amount. It will transmit the information once per minute. It will have its own phone number once it’s operational.

Looking ahead to 2015, Laney said the board is considering adding T-hangars (named for their shape).

He said the board would prefer to fund the hangars internally.

Laney asked if the board could roll the amount of the loan it will borrow for the roof into an existing loan with a current balance of $144,000.

“That’s achievable,” said commissioner David Dhume.

Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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