June 24, 2015 Edition

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Airport Commission approves
land swap with LawCo. Chamber

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Airport Commission approved a land swap with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce of approximately 55.1 acres of farmland.

The acreage the Chamber swapped to the airport is part of the approach path to Runway 4 and thus is in the safety zone and cannot be developed or marketed.

After the swap, Chairman Don Cavenaugh said the same revenue will be kept by both parties and it also gives the Chamber land it can market.

For the foreseeable future, all land involved in the swap will continue to be used as farmland.

In other business, Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp reported that Walnut Ridge is proceeding with the annexation of 20 acres located off Industrial Drive after the College City City Council voted to remove it from its city limits.

The land, which is Walnut Ridge owned but had remained in the College City city limits, will be marketed as a light industrial park, according to Snapp. He also said revenue from the property will go to the Airport Commission.

Also at the meeting:

Airport Manager Michelle Anthony reported that work on striping, signage and other repairs is slated to begin July 13. She also said the pre-construction meeting for the pavement job will be held July 16.

the commission approved two term loans with First National Bank to do repairs at the airport. Most of the expense will be reimbursed with grant funding.

commissioners authorized Anthony to enter a service agreement with QT Tech for the airport's self service pumps. The commission opted to go with the top level package, which costs $1,595 for the year and includes free part replacement and repair.

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