Airport proposing $7.5 million in improvements |

Airport proposing $7.5 million in improvements

Staff Reports

Douglas County is proposing a $7.5 million capital improvement program for the Minden-Tahoe Airport over the next four years.

The county’s match for the grant will come to $379,189, according to a report filed for county commissioners’ Thursday meeting at Stateline.

Of the project listed in the plan, the first work on the east side is the $1.5 million tiedown apron in 2015.

Most of the work planned for the airport consists of rehabilitation of the ramps and taxiways. This year work on taxiway A will cost $1.2 million.

The county is anticipating being eligible for federal funds after voters rescinded a weight limit at the airport that the Federal Aviation Administration opposed.

Most of the work on the airport’s runways has been done using federal transportation money and included assurances that the airport wouldn’t discriminate against larger aircraft.

The debate over the airport ordinance was one of the more heated of 2011. The new ordinance without a specific weight was approved by voters.

The first phase of the east side ramp construction was originally scheduled for 2009, but was delayed when the federal government stopped sending the county money.