The city council approved a contract this week for right-of-way services with Contract Land Staff, LLC, a measure that will keep the runway extension project at Stephenville Clark Regional Airport in motion.

Contract Land Staff is a consulting company that will assist in the acquisition of land for the extension with specific parameters for negotiating with property owners.

Jeremy Allen, director of community services whose department has responsibility for the airport, said, Were expanding the runway by 800 feet, so we need to purchase property on both ends. That will be 600 feet on the south and 200 feet on the north.

The project is being funded with a 90/10 grant with the Texas Department of Transportation.

That means the city puts up 10 percent and TxDOT puts up 90 percent of the cost," Allen said. "The entire project will be around $7 million so the citys portion is about $700,000.

He added that TxDOT is conducting an environmental study of the area to make sure its clear to go with no archaeological sites or other impediments that might keep the project from going forward. That study is being handled by a firm named Mead & Hart and is expected to be completed by November.

TxDOT puts around $43 million a year in these types of projects, most of that going toward general aviation, meaning small aircraft rather than big commercial ones," Allen said. "It goes to airports like ours for extensions, expansion, hangars, that sort of thing.

The project was approved unanimously by the council.