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City seeking funding for airport

On Monday night the Greenville City Council passed a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a 2012 Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant worth approximately $151,000. (File Photo)

The City of Greenville is seeking funding for “much needed” improvements to the Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport.

On Monday night the Greenville City Council passed a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a 2012 Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant worth approximately $151,000. If the city is awarded the grant, the money will be used for improvements to the terminal and for the purchase of security cameras.

“This is an opportunity for us to get some work done on the airport, and specifically the terminal, which really needs it,” Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

James Capps, Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport manager, has also requested security cameras be placed at the facility.

According to McLendon, if awarded the grant the city will be required to pay $3,787 toward the improvements.

In June, the Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport received $640,725 from the FAA Airport Improvement Program. The City of Greenville’s required match for that grant was 2.5 percent or $16,018.12.

The grant money was used to extend the taxiway and improve airport drainage.

McLendon has said that continued improvements to the airport are vital to economic development in the area.

“Airports are so important when people start looking at your city as a potential place to bring their business or industry,” McLendon said. “The improvements that we will be able to make because of this grant will make our airport that much more attractive to people who might potentially locate their business or industry in this area.”

In other business:

  • The council awarded a special events retail liquor license to Ducks Unlimited, LLC.
  • The council authorized the city to enter into an agreement with the State of Alabama Department of Transportation through the Safe Routes to School Program. With the agreement, the Safe Routes to School Program will give $57,780 toward improvements to crosswalks, signage, traffic calming devices and bicycle facilities around W.O. Parmer Elementary School.
    “This is something that the schools applied for and received, and it has to go through the city.  It isn’t going to cost the city a thing,” McLendon said. “It’s basically a program that is trying to encourage people to walk to school.”
  • The council approved the quarterly financial reports for the fourth quarter.
  • The council approved a $2,356.13 expenditure to Thompson Tractor Company for the purchase of a turbo charger for the landfill’s track loader and a $2,847 expenditure to the South Central Alabama Development Commission for its FY 2012 assessment.

The council’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.