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City To Upgrade Airport Fuel Facilities

By Staff | May 13, 2010

Emmetsburg City Council adopted a resolution to endorse the Emmetsburg Municipal Airport application for State Aviation Program funding. The funding will be for airport improvement and certifying the availability of matching funds.

Emmetsburg’s Municipal Airport has completed a study which determined a need to improve its fuel facilities to include Jet-A fuel.

In his report the City Council, Administrator John Bird noted, “In recent months, we conducted a survey of all of the individuals/entities that utilize Emmetsburg’s Airport. The results of that survey indicated a strong need for the availability of jet fuel at the airport. Apparently, jet fuel is used in aircraft other than jets (King Air, ag spraying planes, etc.)”

In its application for state matching funds, Emmetsburg is requesting $51,000. That is 85-percent of the total estimated cost of the upgrade. The city will provide funds of $9,000, which is a 15-percent match.

 In other business at the Monday meeting, council representatives set Wednesday, May 26 as a public hearing date for the USDA Rural Development application. The application is for funding assistance for a proposed Emmetsburg Community Center.  The hearing will begin at 7 p.m.

Community Developer Steve Heldt reminded the council of the Downtown Assessment which will be held June 22 and June 23. He is filling out a schedule for appointments with the downtown assessment team. He requested that council members meet with the team from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22.  Mayor Schad pointed out that would have to be considered a meeting if a majority of council members would be present.

The Downtown Assessment will culminate with a public meeting at Iowa Lakes Community College on Wednesday, June 23.