FAA funds sought

The Neil Armstrong Airport plans to file a pre-application for more than $600,000 in construction funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Auglaize County Airport Manager Sean Stroh said the pre-application, approved by the Auglaize County commissioners, serves as a placeholder for funding from the FAA and is something they put in for every year to cover annual projects.

“Most likely, the values will go down as we get closer to construction and get a better idea of construction costs,” Stroh said. “This is in the worst case, we figure they will be revised downward.”

Stroh anticipated having more accurate estimates by early 2013.

With the $612,000 applied for in the pre-application, the local funding match adding to project costs would be $68,000. The funding is expected to pay for utility and drainage rehabilitation at the airport as it moves toward constructing a new terminal building.

It’s the second phase of  the  project, with the first phase addressing storm water issues, electricity and a new parking lot.

Bringing sanitary sewer and new water lines to the site, Stroh said the project has already been delayed slightly due to lower funding levels than initially anticipated.

Delta Airport Consultants staff, of Rocky River, are working on the design portion of the project, which is ongoing, as Mote and Associates perform initial work in the beginning phase.

“Once that is done, we hope to get a better grasp on Phase II,” Stroh said. “As bids come one, we will fill out the actual application with real world figures that reflect the reality of getting a building on the ground.”    

The work is expected to extend through 2013, with the terminal building tentatively slated for construction in late 2014 or early 2015, dependent on available funding and completion of preliminary work.

Stroh said they have to anticipate that any discretionary funding they could receive may be tighter based on the federal budget.