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City will pay for airport improvements

Michael Schneider

The Lake Tahoe Airport will receive $600,000 in improvements.

Tuesday night, the South Lake Tahoe City Council approved $542,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration and allocated $60,000 in city funds to match the grant.

The funds will be used to improve hazard beacons and electrical lines, purchase a fire rescue vehicle for planes and repave portions of the airport used for general aviation.



Because the airport has not had commercial service for more than two years, it has no money to match the FAA grant, as is typical.

The city will act as a sponsor for the airport, providing the matching funds. The airport will reimburse the city should it find a commercial airline that wishes to call Lake Tahoe home.



Council member Tom Davis said, should no airline come to Tahoe, the state of California will reimburse the city half the grant match.

While city officials say there is interest in the airline business in Tahoe – including an offer to serve the airport from American Airlines provided the city put forth a financial subsidy – there is no airline yet.

Should no airline be found by March 1, 1999, the FAA will likely cut federal funding for the airport’s control tower.

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