The Ottawa City Commission Wednesday approved a nearly $300,000 project to install a lighting system on the Ottawa Municipal Airport’s taxiway. Previously, the airport relied on reflectors to guide incoming aircraft. Despite the project’s hefty price tag, the city will only have to front $29,235.30 of the cost. This is due to a Federal Aviation Administration program in which airport projects are eligible to have up to 90 percent of project costs covered by the federal agency.
The project has one last hurdle before seeing implementation — the FAA must approve funding to pay Strukel Electric, Inc. of Girard, the city’s chosen contractor.
“The FAA has approved the project, but they have not yet approved the funding,” Michael Haeffele, Ottawa director of public works, said.