City prepares final push for airport expansion
Next step depends on availability of federal funding
As the City of Monett moves into a new fiscal year, city council members reviewed plans for the Monett Regional Airport as part of the ongoing expansion project under the city's airport master plan.
Under the budget adopted on March 20, council members projected rental revenues of $98,050 for the coming year, beginning on April 1, and fuel sales of $110,000.
The expansion project has remained in place but not advanced while waiting for additional federal funds.
"The city anticipates grant revenues of $570,000 on grant-eligible expenses of $600,000," said City Administrator Dennis Pyle. "This represents a 90 percent federal reimbursement and a 5 percent state reimbursement for expenditures relating to land acquisitions for the runway expansion project."
Pyle said to date, the city has acquired 300 of approximately 375 acres needed for the runway project. Only three parcels remain: a 59-acre tract and a 1.5 acre plot owned by the Witt family trust, and 16 acres owned by the Wrobleski family.
Having acquired most of the needed land, Pyle said the city requested $2 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to finish purchasing the property and to begin the design and preliminary engineering on the new runway, as well as other improvements.
Plans call for extending the runway from 5,000 to 6,000 feet, and widening the runway from 75 to 100 feet. The present runway would become the new taxiway.
Pyle and engineer Joe Pestka with Jviation went to Washington, D.C., in December to meet with FAA staff as well as with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and Congressman Billy Long in an effort to secure that funding.
If the land is purchased, airport expenditures are planned to total $1,015,350 in the coming year.