VINEMONT— In order to meet the needs of the fast growing Cullman region, Cullman Regional Airport officials have implemented a long-term strategy. “As the city and the county continues to grow, the airport must be able to service the growth,” Airport Assistant Manager Ben Harrison said. “The caliber of companies currently in the area and the ones being recruited need a dependable airport.”
Harrison laid out a plan during a presentation to board members. “To prepare for the short- and long-term strategic plans for the Cullman Regional Airport, the management and airport board have developed a priority list of projects,” Harrison said.
The priority list is designed to start during the 2015 fiscal year and continue until the 2019 fiscal year. Harrison said the early projects emphasize existing needs, while those down the line emphasize the future service needs of the airport.
The first item on Harrison’s priority list is settling easements on the airport’s south end approach. An easement is the right to use property without owning it. Aviation easements allow airports a cheaper alternative to purchasing land to maintain airspace.
Other items on the priority list included rehabilitation for taxiways and runway maintenance.
Cullman Mayor Max Townson, who sits on the airport board, fully supported the long-term development of the airport.