Airport points grant money at terminal

TUPELO – Nearly two years after a $4.8 million project renovated and expanded the terminal at Tupelo Regional Airport, a little more work needs to be done.
And thanks to some money via the federal stimulus bill, that work – or much of it at least – will be covered.
The Tupelo Airport Authority this week approved the grant agreement sent by the Federal Aviation Administration, which will send nearly $570,000 to the airport.
Terry Anderson, the executive director of the airport, said a pre-construction meeting likely will be held next week with contractors to go over the details.
“Then we’ll have up to two years to complete the work,” he said.
The work includes fixing some problems that have surfaced during and after the terminal work.
The terminal project began in 2005, but delays, some of which were blamed on a subcontractor, pushed the work back nearly a year. Even with revised deadlines, the terminal opening came eight months later than planned.
“It will cover things that we’ve had done, plus improve a few things that have surfaced over a short period of time,” Anderson said.
For example, the baggage carousel has been a source of aggravation since it began operating, and $109,250 will be used for a permanent fix. Also, leaking skylights are another problem, and $117,520 will be used for that, as well as for roof repair, mold contamination cleanup, repair and finish work on frames and dry wall damage repair.
Other work that was not included in the original terminal project because of budget constraints will be added back.
New signs, including one acknowledging the stimulus money, will cost nearly $58,000 and electrical work for signage, gates and energy-saving lighting will cost $26,000.
Another $124,475 will be used to replace the temporary security fence and gates that were put in place during the initial project.

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