Commission receives update from airport

Published 3:47 pm Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Craig Cleckler provided the Chilton County Commission with a general update regarding the Chilton County Airport on Monday.

Cleckler also requested commissioners consider turning over three county-owned buildings to the airport authority to demolish that are considered obstructions.

Cleckler spoke during the commission meeting about several projects happening at the airport with much of the work being funded through grants.

In October 2013, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the airport to celebrate a $2.6 million investment for airport projects.

Cleckler said over the next four to five years roughly $6 million dollars in grants could be poured into the county through the airport.

Part of acquiring certain grants involves meeting guidelines put forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“We need to continue doing things that catch the FAA’s attention,” Cleckler said.

Cleckler said the competition in Alabama for airport grants was very high and it was important to continue having the airport move forward.

“Support and local involvement is extremely important,” Cleckler said.

Commissioner Heedy Hayes expressed concern that this was the second request from members of the Airport Authority to remove an obstruction at the airport.

“Last year, you came to us and said the Ferris wheel at the fair was the obstruction and it had to be moved,” Hayes said. “Now you are coming to us and saying we have to take these buildings down.”