Supervisors receive brief update on airport plans

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Winston County Board of Supervisors held its regularly scheduled meeting second meeting of the month September 17 and received an update on the plans for the Winston County/Louisville Airport.

The newest member of the airport board, Mike Forster, gave a brief update to the board on the plans for the airport. Forster explained that the airport was busier than it had been in the past and was receiving bigger planes than in the past.

Forster noted that the work was continuing to prepare the airport for even more traffic and larger planes. The airport has had runaway work done as well as clearing of land completed to make the airport more accessible to aircraft. The supervisors approved their part of the payment on the turnaround work at a previous meeting. Ninety percent of the work is paid by the FAA with another 5 percent paid by MDOT. The county and city split the remaining 5 percent. The cost of the turnaround project is about $115,000 with $1700 cost to the city and county. The cost of the project also includes preparing plans for a new terminal.

Forster noted that once this runway work is completed and work begins on the terminal that extraordinary changes will happen at the airport.

“I’m excited about it,” said Forster.

The planned terminal will provide a comfortable place for pilots and others to take a break in between flights or following a flight.

Forster added that the airport board was also aiming to get a potential aircraft maintenance service at the airport which would be a great added benefit to the area.

In other business, the supervisors: • Approved moving the funds for Dean Park reservation fees be placed in the Dean park budget. The board also discussed amending the Dean park budget to cover the cost of new bathrooms using any leftover funds from the 2012 budget. The board authorized board attorney Hugh Hathorn to prepare a letter explaining why the higher bid by $400 was accepted on the building at Dean Park. Claudell Weaver, Dean Park commissioner, noted that the building was a larger building and that the contractor was willing to wait for payment upon job completion. • Approved class attendance for Veteran’s Affairs officer Terry Kelly. • Approved payment for court reporter expenses. • Reinstated two homesteads. • Approved 5 Sixteen Section leases with Supervisor Mike Peterson abstaining from the vote and from signing the leases. • Approved two bus turnarounds. • Approved tax exemption for the plans for a Focus Outreach Community Development apartment buildings. • Approved a District 4 hire. • Approved junking several items on the inventory after no bid received for the property. • Approved a $1400 bid for three surplus vehicles. • Approved three demand check payments. • Accepted $4651.25 reimbursement to District 2 from Emergency Management Agency. • Approved Polo and Grayson Blu Tax Exemptions. • Discussed dog bite at Dean Park. The park has a no dog policy. • Approved purchase of law library computer. • Approved hiring one month part-time help for circuit clerk’s office for election and court term. • Discussed two unemployment claims with both denials in favor of the county. • Signed agreement with Noxapater, Louisville and Schools to collect taxes. • Winston County EMA director Buddy King noted all inventory items for the EMA department wer denoted. • Held executive session on WCRCF litigation.

Set the next meeting for Monday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.