Airport’s newest hangars nearing completion

By | May 10, 2018 7:27 am

With the recent round of good weather, the hangar expansion construction project is nearing completion at the White County-based Upper Cumberland Regional Airport.

In 2017, the airport board voted unanimously to expand the hangars on B-Row. Given the continuous growth throughout the Upper Cumberland, demands for additional hangar space has continued to increase, as the airport now maintains a high occupancy rate with their existing hangars.

Request for bids was solicited, and Sparta-based J.A. Sergio Bros. Construction was selected to build six new hangars along the existing B-Row. After having bouts of inclement weather and running into drainage issues, the expansion project is now coming to completion, according to airport manager Dean Selby.

During the May 8, 2018 meeting of the airport’s board of directors, Selby informed members that the new hangars will be in service by the end of the week and available for lease. However, given the demands for hangar space, finding tenants will not be an issue, as previously discussed.

Following discussions on the completion of the hangar expansion project, Selby also briefly addressed the airport taxiway lighting and signage project.

During the board’s March 2018 meeting, Selby stated the airport would be receiving a $555,000 grant. This grant is being utilized to replace and make upgrades to the airport’s taxiway lighting and signage.

According to Selby, airport engineers will be meeting with Tennessee Department of Transportation officials to perform a review of the proposed taxiway lighting and signage replacement – upgrade plans. Once, the board and TDOT give their approval of the finalized plans, the airport can move forward with the next step in the project process.

In other items of business:

-The board approved accepting an $80,000 grant ($50,000 grant funds with a $20,000 match) that will be used to make equipment purchases for airport operations.

-The board advised that payments for the two airport full-time employees’ participation in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System began this month.

-The airport recorded 17,424 gallons of fuel was sold during the month of April, an approximate 7,848 gallon increase from April 2017 sales.

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport is jointly owned by the governments of White County, City of Sparta, Putnam County, and City of Cookeville. The airport’s board of directors will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., June 11, 2018, at the airport.

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