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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Projects discussed for new fiscal year

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  • During the Ardmore Development Authority meeting Monday, discussion took place in regard to needs at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark. Interim president and CEO Brian Carter highlighted several needs in moving forward for development at the airpark.
    One project is the building in which the tower is housed. The project would cost $1.2 to $1.4 million and would fill a requirement for a needed 3,345 feet in space for Federal Aviation Administration equipment. The project would leave the tower intact, which itself would be renovated in a second phase.
    Shawn Guerin, Ardmore public utilities director, was at the meeting and discussed ongoing issues with the sewage treatment plant at the airpark, which is currently under a consent order. Because of ongoing difficulties in working with the FAA and the Department of Environmental Quality on placement of a plant, an option is in place to build a pipeline to connect to the city plant. The pipeline will extend 10 miles and will include the rehabilitation of a lift station. The cost is estimated at $3.2 million. Geurin said it has been an ongoing battle, and it would have been better if a plant could have been built for the price tag of $2.6 million, but an agreement could not be reached with the FAA. The city will be responsible for the cost of the project. Geurin said the water system is also in bad shape, with 26 work orders filled out in the last three years.
    The most expensive endeavor Carter talked about was work on the runway to handle large jets. Under the leadership of former president and CEO Wes Stucky, a new 9,000-foot airfreight runway was completed, and while big aircraft can use the runway, the existing infrastructure can’t support it. The ADA would need to reconstruct two runways in order to facilitate the infrastructure. The project consists of several steps, as one runway could cost $6.5 million and another would cost $5 million. A small runway would cost $700,000 and a relief apron has a $2.5 million price tag attached. A Lochner representative said the more that is done, the less it would cost overall, and said the estimated costs are for construction costs only. There would also be engineering costs.
    The board was told the current infrastructure can only provide limited service for larger jets, and it would need work to handle 747s.
    The issue was only for discussion, as there are options that could be considered.
    “There is value engineering to be done,” Carter said. “If this is the Lexus version, what is the Toyota version?”
    The board was told if there were an expenditure of $10 million, it would be possible to receive $3 million to $4 million in grants.
    Carter said the current facility could handle a 747, but infrastructure is an issue. He said the purpose was to present some issues leading into the next fiscal year budget discussions.
    Page 2 of 2 - “These are the hard questions that will need to be answered,” he said.
    The final project discussed was a new housing facility for the Department of Corrections Work Center at the airpark. The new facility houses inmates used throughout the area, and would house 150. The current facility was described as decrepit and falling down. The new facility would be larger, allowing the airpark access to 20 inmates, up from 14. The cost has not been determined, but the ADA would supply materials and inmates would construct the new facility.

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