ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany Aviation Commission approved a $64,500 change order on a sanitary sewer lift station that will service the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport’s $10.8 million terminal building currently under construction.
Airport Director Yvette Aehle said at the board’s Monday-afternoon meeting that roughly $47,000 of the funding from the change order would come from the FAA, which had already approved the proposed change, with the remainder coming from the city of Albany.
Also at the meeting, Fred Broome, an engineer at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, gave a report on the growing local Civil Air Patrol squadron.
“Civil Air Patrol has about 60,000 members nationwide and around 1,500 units,” Broome said. “For whatever reason, our local squadron nose-dived in recent years but we’ve had a surge in participation lately. We have 21 cadets (ages 12-21) actively involved with two more applications pending, and we have five senior members.
“My passion is working with cadets, and Civil Air Patrol provides them a lot of neat programs to be a part of in the summer. Cadets who are in our program will get to take four or five powered flights, and we go to north Georgia for glider flights, too.”
Broome said the local CAP squadron meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the airport.
Board members Keith Fletcher and Sanford Hillsman asked Aehle to have local architect David Maschke, who is conducting inspections for the primary architect on the terminal project, and construction contractor Walbridge and Aldinger to look into questions about adding wiring and support for a fan to cool an area of the terminal that will be directly exposed to the sun and adding electrical outlets in the new building’s concessions area.
“If the cost is not too great and we go ahead and run the wiring (for the fan and outlets), it will be an easy fix,” Fletcher said. “If we don’t run the wiring and have to go in later, someone’s going to have to tear out some walls.”
Deputy Airport Director Ken Johnson told the board construction on the terminal is running on schedule with no problems noted so far.
The commission voted to move its planned Jan. 21 meeting to Jan. 28 because the original date falls on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.