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Airport renovations on city agenda

6/25/2014

By RANDY GONZALES

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

Renovation of Hays Regional Airport could move a step closer at the Hays City Commission's 6:30 p.m. meeting Thursday at city hall.

Commissioners will consider approval of an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration for grant funding of $920,133 of the costs for construction and construction engineering of the terminal improvements, with a city match of $203,557 from the Airport Improvement Fund; $60,800 from the 2014 Airport Operating Budget; and $202,195 from the Capital Projects Fund.

"We are getting the best bang for local dollars that we can," Hays Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said.

In their May 22 meeting, commissioners approved the bid from Paul-Wertenberger Construction for the project. The regional FAA office authorized a grant for the airport, with a total amount of construction and engineering of $1,385,185, with the FAA paying $918,783 and the city's share at $466,402.

Briseno said construction could be started in a matter of weeks upon approval, with the renovations possibly being completed by the end of the year. The airport will remain open through renovations.

"They'll make accommodations to ensure that we can still have the (Transportation Security Administration) operate adequately throughout the construction process," Briseno said.

After renovations are completed, a larger, secure holding area for passengers and improved bathroom accommodations will be among the improvements at the terminal, built in 1991.

"It is a better opportunity for passengers and a better experience flying out of Hays as well," Briseno said.

In other business:

* Commissioners will consider a construction engineering agreement for renovation of Hays Regional Airport.

* Commissioners will consider renewal of the commercial insurance policy.

* Commissioners will consider proposals for replacement of the water plant boiler.