The City of Ottawa is preparing to shuttle off a list of potential airport improvement projects to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The city’s “wish list,” however, does not obligate the city to complete any of the projects, nor does it mean the FAA has agreed to fund the work at the Ottawa Municipal Airport, 2178 Montana Road, Ottawa, city officials said.
“This is not a project request,” Andy Haney, city public works director, told Ottawa city commissioners earlier this month.
The FAA requires airports to provide the agency with a list of prospective projects to help the agency prioritize its funding requests from Congress, Haney said. The FAA requires the project lists be submitted each February, he said.
The Ottawa Airport Advisory Board put together a list of 10 potential projects to be completed over the course of several years from 2014 to 2021.
Only one project, construction of a new 10-unit T-hangar and associated taxiways, is on the city’s list for federal fiscal year 2014. The project’s estimated cost is $729,929, with $300,000 of the cost covered by federal funds and $429,929 by the city. Haney reiterated that submitting the list to the FAA does not commit the city to do this project, nor any of the others on the list.
Chad Caylor, chairman of the airport advisory board, told commissioners at a recent study session that additional hangar space would be needed at some point in the future as the airport tries to entice more pilots to use the Ottawa facility.
When formulating the list, the airport advisory board considered recommendations made by HW Lochner, a Kansas City, Mo.-based airport engineering firm that completed the reconstruction of the airport’s 4,500-foot runway in 2012. Lochner was not under contract as a consultant with the city, and no consultation fees were paid to Lochner regarding the project list, city officials said.
The other potential projects on the list included:
• 2015: Install an automated weather observing system, Level III-PT.
• 2015: Install parallel and connecting taxiway lights.
• 2016: Remove tree obstructions.
• 2016: Install a 10,000-gallon jet-A fuel fixed facility.
• 2017: Airport master plan update.
• 2018: Retrofit existing or construct 10,000-square-foot maintenance hangar.
• 2019: Environmental assessment of a runway and taxiway extension.
• 2020: Purchase property for Runway 35 extension andRunway 17.
• 2021: Design and construct Runway 35 extension from the existing 4,500 feet to 5,000 feet to accommodate larger aircraft.
City commissioners voted 5-0 Feb. 6 to send the list to the FAA.
Doug Carder is senior writer with The Herald. Email him at email@example.com