By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
The final pieces of a year long project at Cullman Regional Airport will be put into place next week when an on-site concrete apron will receive yellow striping.
The Airport Board plans to have a ribbon cutting ceremony in the upcoming weeks introducing the new projects that were accomplished through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant centered around apron rehabilitation. Consultant/Engineer Ryan Pearce said they will begin working on the apron striping next week, which will finalize the project.
“Instead of having a ribbon cutting at the completion of each project, we waited until it was all done to show what has been accomplished this year,” Pearce said. “The hangars are finished and once the work is completed on the apron, we will have the projects done.”
The FAA grant for apron rehabilitation enabled the airport to build around a 12,000-square-yard concrete apron costing approximately $1 million. The board applied with the pre-application in November of 2011, and they received approval on the grant in July of 2012.
“We started construction in early fall of 2012 and now we are wrapping up the final phase,” Pearce said.
The board is comprised of five officials: Cullman Mayor Max Townson, County Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker, Dr. Vince Karolewics, Rex Smith, and John Cabri.
In other business the board:
The Cullman Regional Airport was named Nationwide Airport of the Month.
The airport’s website, http://www.cullmanregionalairport.org/ has been updated and is now live.
The board has an Air Show goal of 2015. Costs will be split between the city and the county, and each fund amount will have to be approved for their 2014 budget.
Wallace State resigned a lease with the Cullman Regional Airport.
The general hangar clean-up has been completed.
The next meeting has been changed from Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11 a.m.
%Lauren Estes can be reached at email@example.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.