January 18, 2012 Edition

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Airport Commission
discusses projects

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commissioners were brought up to date on several projects at their meeting on Jan. 9.

Commissioners learned that the ongoing drainage project was not completed on time, and the contractor is now in the penalty phase.

The contractor must pay $100 a day for each day the project is over its deadline, which is now approximately 25 days into the penalty phase. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is funding the project and one of their engineers out of Memphis is in charge of bringing the project in correctly and on time.

Commission chairman Dan Coker discussed the airfield lighting system that is malfunctioning.

"We need to bring in a firm to troubleshoot the lights," Coker said. "We have contacted some people and talked to an engineer who will make the decision soon as to our next step in correcting the problem."

In other business, the commission:

  • leased one of the former Morgan buildings to a local businessman.

  • discussed the airport's Master Plan changes. The airport is updating the plan as required by the FAA. The update is due to be completed by March.

  • reimbursed a farmer who rents acreage from the airport for four acres of production after the acres were needed for new lights.

  • sold two1968 model fuel trucks to Universal Asset Management.

  • learned that bringing the fuel farm up to date will take some new equipment and that is being worked on. The fuel farm is where the airport keeps its bulk fuel and re-fueling equipment. The airport's military fuel contract has very stringent guidelines and those guidelines are required by the Defense Logistics Agency.

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