County to seek grant for additional airport improvements

DARKE COUNTY – County commissioners on Wednesday OK’d a motion permitting Susan Laux, grant and funding specialist with Mote & Associates to begin the process of applying for a grant from the Federal Aviation Association.

The monies would be used for a couple more improvements at the Darke County Airport.

The proposed project includes improvements to taxiways and a new north entrance.

The project is estimated to cost $235,000, Laux said.

The improvements would assist in moving vehicle parking out of the RPZ – runway protection zone – to meet FAA requirements, Laux said.

The grant, she explained, is for $211,500 and is “entitlement money the county receives if they choose to use it.”

If the county does not apply for the FAA grant, the money would be awarded by the FAA to another entity, she said. The county is able to save up to five years of these entitlement funds to complete projects. Laux stressed that if the grant money is not used by Darke County in that time period the funds are given to another community.

An additional 5 percent of the project cost comes from a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation.

Laux told commissioners Wednesday the project would be put out for bid by late spring 2019, if the grant money is awarded.

The county would be responsible for 5 percent of the project cost, or $11,750.



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