By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Franklin County Commissioner Scott Workman said the county is asking Preston City to consider in its next budget year helping to pay for improvements that have been done or are contemplated at the Preston Airport.
“We’ve asked for $5,000 to help us pay for several improvements. This past summer we applied a slurry seal to the main runway and taxi-way areas.
“We did some work on the runway lighting system and will do some more next summer. Fencing will be installed around the airport property to help make it more secure and keep wildlife away,” said Workman.
The commissioner said originally the Federal Aviation Administration told local officials it would pay for 98.5 percent of the improvements.
“We are now being told they will only pay for 92 percent of the work. Since a lot of the property at the airport is owned by the city (the county manages it), we decided to ask Preston for some help with the improvements,” he said.
The last time any work was done to the runway was at least 10 years ago, maybe longer, according to Craig Biggs, airport manager.
“This work, done by Intermountain Slurry Seal, will provide a good surface for another five-six years. It was badly needed because the edges of the runway were starting to deteriorate,” said Biggs. “This was really something that needed to be done.”
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