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WINTERSVILLE – The new official name for Jefferson County Airpark has received another adjustment, and one of the last major airport improvement projects could begin as early as next month.
The two topics were among those discussed with Lance Wanamaker, an engineering consultant for Michael Baker International, at Monday’s meeting of the Jefferson County Regional Airport Authority board of directors.
Michael Baker International is the board’s engineering consultant.
Wanamaker brought up the subject of the name “Air park” when discussing the process of officially changing the name of the airport with the Federal Aviation Administration to include the founding member of the board, still active, the name of Geary A. Bates.
That process began with a decision by Jefferson County commissioners to pass a resolution to rename the airport after Bates in January.
At a recent board meeting, the subject of the airport qualifying as an aeropark was brought up, with an airport tenant saying it was confusing to explain to others who did not know him not.
On Monday, Secretary Treasurer Gary Folden explained that the name airpark comes from the combination of the terms airport and industrial park, as the facility houses other businesses unrelated to the airport.
The board advised Wanamaker to rename the airport itself to Geary A. Bates Jefferson County Airport. Later, while discussing a new panel designed for the entrance to the facility, it was suggested to keep the name airpark on this panel to represent the facility as a whole.
Wanamaker also discussed a grant to fund the roadway resurfacing.
The project, fully funded by the FAA, was put out to tender at the May meeting, with Shelly and Sands of Rayland who submitted the lowest bid of $ 2,680,091.
Wanamaker said funding for the grants is expected to be received within the next two weeks, when processes with the contractor will begin.
He told the board that construction on the project could begin as early as mid-July. The original work schedule submitted, he noted, called for construction to begin in late July.
The total duration of the project, Wanamaker estimated without considering specific plans, will be between three and four months, which will put it in place around October.
The installation of the automated weather observation system is awaiting an FAA frequency, although Wanamaker has been informed that the on-board equipment has been delivered to the airport.
He said his company would contact the project contractor to try to speed things up.
The next board meeting is set for July 12 at 4 p.m.