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SHERIDAN — Sheridan County Commissioners accepted a grant that will enable Sheridan County Airport to begin its master plan study as required every 10 years by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The grant offer from the FAA was $373,291, which will cover 93.75 percent of the project cost. The State Aeronautics Division will contribute an additional 3.75 percent with a grant of $14,932, and the airport will cover the remaining 2.5 percent at a cost of $9,955.
“We will look at all aspects of the airport, where we sit at today, what we want the airport to look like in the future 20 years out,” Airport Manager John Stopka said.
“It’s a very important study for the airport and for the community to be able to have some input on what they would like to see the airport look like in the future,” Stopka continued.
After accepting the grant, county commissioners approved an agreement with Mead & Hunt, the consultant firm selected to conduct the master plan study for the airport. Mead & Hunt is a nationwide firm with a regional office in Denver.
Data gathering will begin immediately and an initial meeting with the study committee will be held July 15.
Commissioners also awarded a bid to Mountain View Building, of Sheridan, to construct hangar aprons — parking areas for aircraft in front of hangars — for eight new hangars at the airport. The bid award was $518,636.40.
The original bid from Mountain View Building was more than $150,000 over the engineer’s estimate, but since it was the only bid, it was decided to renegotiate with the contractor to avoid the cost and delay of rebidding the project.
Stopka said Mountain View Building proposed a different fill material than is normally used. Stopka said the fill will be fine for placing under pavement for the hangar aprons but will need to be tested to see if it meets the requirements for being placed beneath the hangar buildings. If requirements are met, the contractor will also conduct grading for the hangar building pads.
Total cost for the project will be $33,000 over the engineer’s estimate, which will be covered with contingency funds, Stopka said.