11/10/10 During a regular meeting on Tuesday night, the Plymouth Board of Avaiiton was pleased to hear that the cracks in the airport runway have been sealed. The board has been under some pressure to compete the project before weather conditions prevented work. The project was awarded to Phend & Brown after F.E. Harding Company withdrew their quote. The board then held a special meeting to award the bid to Phend & Brown for their quote of $44,790.58.

It was noted during the November meeting, that the project actually came in some $2000 less than quoted. Board President Tom Flynn said, “The did a very, very nice job…above my expectations.” Mark Shillington of Woolpert, Inc., consultants for the board, said, “It appears that they did more crack sealing than they invoiced for.”

Shillington addressed the board on the need to complete a Capital Projects Plan that could be reviewed at their December meeting for submission to the FAA by February 1, 2011. He explained that there are three types of funding awards including non-primary entitlement, state appropriated funds, and discretionary funds. Shillington said the non-primary entitlement is $150,000 each year. He indicated that the Plymouth Airport competes for the state appropriations with all of the airports in Indiana and Illinois.

Appearing before the board was Troy Church and Dave Elliott of Sky Sports, Inc. They will be leasing all of Hanger B at the airport at a fee of $450 per month if arrangements with a current tenant can be negotiated. Church said they need the entire hanger for their planes, manifest space, packing (parachutes) and training. If a finalized agreement can be reached, Sky Sport would begin moving into the hanger on or near February 1, 2011.

In other matters, the board has asked City Attorney Nelson Chapman to present a resolution at the December meeting for the 2011 fee schedule for transient aircraft/tie down fees, hanger rent, and long-term parking. Although the fees will be basically the same as previous years, the hangers have been renamed in some cases and the Hanger B to be rented to Sky Sport will show an increase of $50 per month.

The board also reviewed the names on the hanger waiting lists as verified by Airport Manger Dave Lattimer. Lattimer presented two new applications for rentals with down payment monies attached.

Carol Anders Correspondent