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$106K hurdle at city airport

Published 5:15pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wall: ‘This may not be the only change’ during hangar, taxiway construction

After some unexpected discoveries during continued construction of the hangar development area and connecting taxiway at T.C. Russell Airport, the city council has voted to allow Mayor Charles Shaw to execute a change agreement with Gary Ingram Grading and Paving to cover $106,474.23 in additional costs.

“They’re discovering a lot … that did not show up on the seismograph (during initial surveys),” said District 4 council member Billy Ray Wall. “Why it didn’t show up, they don’t know. When you start digging around, sometimes you run into a lot of stuff that doesn’t show up.”

The unanimously approved resolution cites the unexpected issues as “an unknown drainage structure, a large quantity of boulders and a large area of unsuitable material which were not discovered during the geo-tech investigation part of this project.”

As with the other grants in relation to the airport renovations, the Federal Aviation Administration will cover $95,826.81 – 90 percent – of the fee. However, the city may have to cover the normal 5 percent allocation from the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Without ALDOT’s participation in the grant, the city’s responsibility will be $10,647.42 – 10 percent of the cost.

“After we discovered that the field is not suitable to pave or build over, (we were) kind of at a standstill,” said Council President Bob Howard.

Howard praised the efforts of Community Developer Randy Thomas, who worked with the FAA so it would contribute its 90 percent of the extra funding.

“They were willing to kick in another $90,000,” Howard said.

Wall said depending on further construction and findings on site, more change orders may have to be requested.

“This may not be the only change we make on this, but hopefully it will be,” Wall said.

The council’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. in the municipal courtroom.

The council also:

- voted unanimously to contribute $12,012 to match grant funds from the Area Agency on Aging of the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission to support the local senior citizens’ nutrition program at the Bud Porch Center

- approved an off-premises retail beer and table wine license for Spring Hill Food Mart, doing business as Koons II, at 1981 U.S. Highway 280 in light of a change in ownership

- approved an off-premises retail beer and table wine license for Lalani International, doing business as Koons III, on Jefferson St. in light of a change in ownership

- named Kem Jones acting city clerk for the Monday night meeting because of City Clerk Harriett Scott’s absence

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