Airport receives grant for utility, drainage work

Nearly $100,000 in grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is allowing Neil Armstrong Airport officials to move forward with the beginning stages of a terminal replacement project.
The grant, along with nearly $5,000 in matching local funds from the Auglaize County commissioners, is to help design and plan utilities as well as design drainage rehabilitation for the Neil Armstrong Airport, outside of New Knoxville. The project is expected to take care of runway drainage at the same time.
“We’re putting in the building blocks to eventually complete a new terminal building,” Airport Manager Sean Stroh said. “It’s going right along with the capital improvement plan we submit every year. That plan extends out 10 years and this goes right along with it. Slowly, we are inching away at hopefully accomplishing a new terminal building.”
The plans also would include the possibility of the village of New Knoxville extending utility lines out to the airport, which sits outside of village limits. Terms of such an agreement are still under negotiation.
The grant is specifically aimed at improving airport drainage and utilities.
Stroh said construction of a new terminal building is expected to start in 2014.