The Madisonville Regional Airport board of directors approved a work order and a connected grant request for an apron and a new taxilane connector at its meeting on Monday.
The purchase order for $ 62,640 is with Garver Engineering and the subsequent grant request is for $ 65,000 from the Kentucky Department of Aviation to pay for the first phase of the project.
The action comes after a March 8 meeting in which the KDA announced it was prioritizing FY2021 funding for the design, tender and construction of infrastructure leading to a hangar that will house the aviation program at Madisonville Community College. Funding for the construction of the current hangar has already been provided to the Town of Madisonville as part of a $ 500,000 grant from the Pennyrile Region Development District.
The purchase order covers three different costs: project administration and grants for $ 9,860, design services for $ 44,270 and $ 8,510 for tendering services.
This funding would allow the airport board to be able to then apply for a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA grant application was also discussed on Monday as Mark Upchurch with Garver Engineering detailed a conversation Thursday between airport council members, Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton, FAA members and Garver after the decision the environmental study must first be completed.
The purpose of the meeting with the FAA was to speed up the process for fear that the city would lose the PADD grant.
“At the last meeting, Garver said it would take at least six months for an environmental study to be completed,” said Madisonville Regional Airport board chair Jimmy Riddle. “Our half a million to build the hangar was not going to do anything without FAA approval. It was all a big deal. We had a phone call with the FAA and the engineers at Garver, and the attitude of the FAA was how can we help you speed this up?
“The FAA blessed the concept for Garver and the airport board to go ahead with the design of the apron and taxiway and to go ahead and prepare this to bid, ”said Upchurch. “They also gave the city the idea to start moving forward with the tender dossier and the hangar process while Garver and the airport board take care of it. ‘environmental study. “
Upchurch said the FAA also asked Garver to put together a full schedule for the project.
“I’ve tentatively scheduled it,” Upchurch said, adding that he expected the schedule to be sent to council members later this week.