By Kristi Reed
The Barrow County Airport Authority has approved an $11,350 bid from Dale Harbin Grading to demolish three houses located on airport property near the end of runway 31.
Two of the three houses, all located at Hwy. 8 and Giles Road, must undergo asbestos abatement prior to demolition.
The authority approved a bid of $9,670 from Ace Enterprises to remove the asbestos from the two contaminated properties.
In other business, the authority approved a request from tenant Jerry Maynard to connect to the airport’s water and sewer line in order to install plumbing at his hangar. Maynard will pay the airport $25 a month in service fees for the connection.
Airport Director Glen Boyd presented a report to the authority at Tuesday’s meeting. In his report, Boyd said:
• ILS site prep work is on schedule to be finished within the next month.
• two parties have expressed an interest in hangar construction. Boyd hopes to present more information at next month’s meeting.
• advertisements for bids relating to hangar site preparation are currently being run and the bids will be opened before the authority’s next meeting.
• one price proposal for painting the rotating beacon tower has been received to date. A total of three proposals have been requested for painting the 65’ tower.
Boyd also mentioned a recent news article which indicated that the Transportation Safety Administration will be increasing its focus on general aviation airports in the upcoming months. While the current impact on the airport is unknown, Boyd said he hopes the recent tightening of gate card distribution will be seen by the TSA as a positive, proactive step in terms of improving airport security.
“This could be a really big issue for us in the months ahead depending on how stringent the requirements are,” Boyd said.
There is nothing morally right about the condemnation and demolishing of these three families homes. The ILS system will be antequated by the time that the Airport Authority gets this system up....There is a possibility that when we get the ILS up and running that the FAA may decide to stop paying for the very expensive maintenance. The taxpayers of Barrow will have to, once again, take up the slack.
Anonymous while I agree with your comments please consider that our forefathers fought for our freedom so that we don't have to live and express ourselves anonymously. Please consider posting your name so it will add credibility to your opinions. They really need to hurry up and get this property cleared and get the ILS installed so Jerry Maynard can land his plane safely then rush into his county owned hanger and use his $25 dollar a month sewer hook-up. Maybe after January Doug Garrison can get him a plane and then he and Duwayne can fly around together. They will need a sewer hook-up for their hanger too. Taxpayers please wake-up and see where your tax dollars are being spent.