Airport to close nearly 3 months for construction

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Marshall City Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 4, to hear an update from Mayor Connie Latimer about the airport overlay project.

City officials met with Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. of Columbia to re-negotiate a start date. The start day was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, with the Marshall Memorial Airport being closed for 85 days. The new start date has been moved to Monday, Sept. 17, with the airport being closed the 85 days beginning on the start date.

"It will be illegal to fly in or fly out of our airport at any time," Latimer said.

She assured the council that Emery Sapp & Sons said their plans are to finish as quickly as possible to assure the airport is not shut down for too long.

Latimer said the tenants at the airport are not very happy with the closure but they are understanding because of the progress that will be made.

"I would like to thank the (Saline County) Fair Association for their help," Latimer said.

The association is allowing the city to use the Saline County Fairground parking lot for a staging area for the project.

The construction workers and vehicles are also being allowed to use the abandoned portion of Fairground Road that the city closed off several years ago. Latimer said the use of the old road will keep construction traffic down on Drake Road and other public roads.

The cost of the project, including a six-inch concrete overlay, new lighting, new runway markings and extended taxiway and connectors, is projected to be about $2.3 million.

The city will pay $215,000. This project will allow the airport to handle more corporate traffic.

The council tabled an ordinance authorizing contract for land purchase with James Joseph Thompson for the purchase of real property adjacent to the east side of the Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) Power Plant.

MMU's General Manager Kyle Gibbs said the selling party had not completed all the requirements for transfer yet so he wanted the council to wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, to approve the ordinance.

The council approved two ordinances in regard to the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Community Chorus.

City Administrator Charles Tryban said the ordinance awards $4,000 to each organization from the city's band fund.

It is an annual agreement reached between the organizations and the city.

An annual agreement ordinance was passed between the city of Marshall and the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation (MSDC). Tryban said the city helps MSDC achieve economic development by awarding them $25,000.

After no objections from Marshall Police Chief Jim Simmerman, the council awarded Miguel A. Salmeron of 3 Brothers Service Station a new packaged liquor license and Managing Officer Lorene E. Samson of Wal-Mart Supercenter a change of managing officer packaged liquor license.

Tryban asked the council to award Wayne Brown Construction the bid for demolition and removal of the structure at 1420 S. Olson Ave. The council approved the bid for $6,950.

The council approved the promotion of Roger Gibson to first class officer and the hiring of Anner Umana upon receiving his Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification in November.

These two appointments were under the recommendation of the Police Personnel Board.

The next city council meeting will be Monday, Sept. 17, at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers.

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