Corinth, Alcorn approve matching funds on airport grants

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Three projects at the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport were approved this week for additional funding by Alcorn County and the city of Corinth.
The city and county boards both agreed to share funding of the local match in the amount of $2,045 on a recently-awarded Mississippi Department of Transportation Multimodal Grant of $204,520 to enclose two T-hangars at the airport.
Enclosed hangars are a premium item for airport revenue, airport board president Waco Epperson said, and the two improvements could generate an additional $30,000 in the airport’s bottom line.
Epperson and airport board attorney Bill Odom also requested additional funding of matches to two previously awarded grants from the county and city, which jointly own the airport.
A multimodal grant to move the airport’s fuel farm was awarded in the amount of $135,380 based on the engineer’s estimate of the project cost. When the actual cost came in higher – $144,380 – the additional cost to the county and city rose to $1,139 each, which both boards approved.
The final grant previously awarded was from the Federal Aviation Administration for $1.25 million to rehabilitate and improve drainage for an airport taxiway.
As work on the project progressed the contractor found a costly problem with the subsurface, which adds an estimated $125,000 to the cost of the project and requires an additional match from the county and city of $3,450 each. Both boards approved the additional funding, and the project should be complete in late 2013.

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