April 20, 2011
By Tammy Lawson
The city plans to go up, up and away later this year in terms of further improvements at the Marshalltown Municipal Airport.
According to City Engineer Lynn Couch, an application is being submitted for the Airport Improvement Program to receive money from the Iowa Department of Transportation for roof replacement on the terminal building and adjoining maintenance hangar.
The construction is included into the 2011-12 fiscal budget, having a current balance of $60,000 in local funds specifically allotted for the airport.
“The state has a program for infrastructure for which this project is available,” Couch told the Marshalltown City Council Monday. “Should the application be approved, 85 percent of the project costs will be borne by the grant.”
Estimates for this construction is around $75,000 and would cover additional expenses generated by Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
Coinciding with new roofing, the city is looking into detention basin work, part of a vertical infrastructure program that is also 85 percent funded through the state.
This will be utilized for storage of excess storm water.
“It is being put in place to prevent erosion on neighboring farm ground,” Couch said. “We have run-off from the airport because of all the hard surfaces, and it does cause significant erosion.”
A cost estimate for the basin work has yet to be determined.
As part of the airport’s five-year capital improvement plan, runways were extended last year in length for compliance with the FAA.
Further construction also included new pavement near T-hangars experiencing deterioration.