Greenwood County Council debates airport funding
Council debates airport funding
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:21 PM
To fund or not to fund, that is the question.
Partnership Alliance CEO Mark Warner, right, talks to Greenwood County Council while councilwoman Edith Childs listens during Tuesday’s finance and administration meeting at Park Plaza.
(Scott J. Bryan | Index-Journal)
Greenwood County Council faced a philosophical query Tuesday afternoon during its administration and finance meeting: Should the county fund capital improvements at the airport or should the airport be self-sufficient?
Much like Shakespeare, the debate was exhausting and long-winded.
Greenwood County Airport manager Rossie Corwon discussed capital improvements with County Council, informing the five council members - Bob Jennings and Patrick Moody were not in attendance - of a fast-approaching deadline to receive federal grants.
Corwon must submit a capital improvements project plan by Dec. 31 to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Corwon presented Council two new major projects that could be included - fencing in the airport to prevent animals from roaming on the airport grounds and repaving the runaway in disrepair.
Where Corwon's presentation hit a snag was funding. The two projects would receive about $3 million in federal grants, but the county must pony up about $150,000 to get that federal money.
"The (airport) improvement fund doesn't have enough to fund the airport projects," Corwon said.
The $150,000 price tag touched off a debate about the importance of the airport in the community.
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