City to take FFA runway replacement grant |

City to take FFA runway replacement grant

A Federal Aviation Administration grant to replace a section of runway at Lake Tahoe Airport has been accepted by the City Council.

The council voted Tuesday to accept the grant to replace the section of runway where commercial airplanes park. The city will need to come up with $127,000 to match the $1.27 million dollar grant, but as of now it is a figure that is out of reach for the city.

“We are not sure when we are going to get those dollars, but I don’t want to turn this grant down,” said City Manager David Childs.

According to Airport Manager Rick Jenkins, the city has four years to come up with the funding to make the 10 percent match necessary for the grant.

Councilmembers insisted on meeting before any match money is spent.

“Clearly we would like staff to revisit the issue,” said Councilwoman Brooke Laine.

Until then, City Council will search for other funding sources which could include grants from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and California Tahoe Conservancy, both co-signers in the Airport Master Plan.

Councilmembers said all funding options will be explored.

“We have a commitment from Congressman Doolittle’s office to help with funding on the tower and some other items,” said Mayor Tom Davis.

Jenkins said that the airport will contribute to the match with money commercial airlines pay per incoming passenger. Last year this earned the airport $60,000 between June and October, according to Janice Brand, airport administrative assistant.

The airport ramp suffers from cracks in the original pavement – about 40 years old – according to Brand. But after repairs were last made in 1991, the FAA noted that reconstruction of the ramp would be necessary in the near future.

The last project that the FAA funded was to replace the lights, a $300,000 project that could be finished as soon as this month, according to Jenkins.

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