The next major project for the Airport Advisory Board is the runway extension plan. An additional 800 feet will provide a total of 5,000 feet of runway. The information gained from the advisory board will be provided to council members for discussion.

“This is the next step toward providing the city with detailed information to make decisions to get that done,” said Drew Wells, director of community services, who will bring the board up to date during today's meeting.

“From this point, formal recommendations will be presented to the council,” he said.

The board will review the airport activity report. Wells said that the number of take-offs and landings are tallied only when an operator is on duty.

“Presently, with statistics being recorded, there are approximately 5,000 operations a year and that would be conservative since operators are not always on duty,” Wells said.

There will be a brief discussion of the terminal building during the meeting. No final decisions in the design phase have been made.

The pavement rehabilitation is scheduled for bids on Dec. 2, openings on Dec. 18. Wells said construction should begin in March.

The Airport Advisory Board will meet today at 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room at City Hall.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 229