Demopolis seeks airport grant

Published 6:49 pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

Demopolis will apply for a federal grant to do $1.3 million worth of work at the Demopolis Municipal Airport. The council made their decision during a brief meeting Thursday.

If awarded, the grant would be used to widen the airport’s taxiway, remove trees and install security fences and gates.

While the total project would cost around $1.3 million, the city’s match would be just 5 percent of that, about $65,000. The state would also pay 5 percent.

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Jason Pendergrass, who manages the airport, said the work is needed to meet federal guidelines.

“(The taxiway) needs to be widened to meet federal guidelines and, eventually, lightened to meet those same guidelines,” Pendergrass said.

Earlier this year, the airport received a grant to resurface the runway. Pendergrass told the council that project is almost finished, with just some cleanup work and final inspections pending.

The airport will learn about the new grant sometime next spring, Pendergrass said.