Consultants picked for airport plan |

Consultants picked for airport plan

Robert Stern

The South Lake Tahoe Airport Commission Tuesday unanimously recommended consultants Edwards and Kelcey, based in Baltimore, to prepare a strategic action plan for the Lake Tahoe Airport.

The City Council will consider the recommendation at its Sept. 18 meeting, said Airport/Transit manager Mike Dikun.

“The Airport Commission felt Edwards and Kelcey was the respondent that most directly met our needs and concerns,” Dikun said.

The commissioners seemed to feel that the plan selected was the most comprehensive.

“It was more consistent with missions, goals and objectives of the Airport Commission than the rest,” said airport Commissioner Bob Boone.

“They gave a better and more complete presentation,” said Commissioner Herschel Davis.

The $25,000 action plan will address how to attract a commercial air carrier and make the airport a transit hub. It also will seek to gain financial partnerships with Douglas County and El Dorado County. Currently, the city is the only municipality to support the airport’s operation.

The airport has recently cost the city between $500,000 and $550,000 a year. This year the city proposed to budget $603,000 for the airport, but the budget has not yet been approved.

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