October 7, 2015 Edition

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Megan Heyl
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Multiple land agreements were discussed at Monday night's Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission meeting. In addition to an already underway land swap with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, commissioners agreed to proceed with the selling of approximately eight acres of land to Black River Technical College and lease 955 acres of farmland.

Commissioners approved to proceed with both the Chamber land swap and the BRTC sale, but final agreements have not been made at this time. Commission Chair Don Cavenaugh said the airport would work with Bob Johnson with General Aviation Consulting Services to take the proper steps and meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

Currently, the airport intends to swap for 55 acres of land near a runway approach zone currently owned by the Chamber. The Chamber in return would receive approximately five to six acres of commercial land, located next to Custom-Pak, as well as farmland acreage to reach the same value of the 55 acres the airport is getting.

The current site of the BRTC fire training facility is the proposed land to be sold to the college, though the sale has yet to be finalized.

"We have agreed to sell as long as both parties are in agreement to the terms," Cavenaugh said.

Commissioners also reviewed bids for approximately 955 acres of farmland and accepted the high bid of $115 per acre from Ronald Cavenaugh. Don Cavenaugh and Clay Sloan abstained due to conflict of interest.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners approved cleanup necessary to shift ownership on certain deeds to the city. Cavenaugh said there are some properties that were deeded to the Airport Commission that need to be adjusted.

Airport Manager Michelle Anthony spoke about an Arkansas Airport Operators Association Conference commissioners and city officials attended last week. Those in attendance included Cavenaugh, Anthony, Sloan, Lloyd Clark and Charles and Jackie Snapp.

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