An FAA-approved control tower at Ardmore Municipal Airport and a new fire station are on Ardmore’s horizon.

The Mayor and City Commissioners approved an agreement between Ardmore and the Ardmore Development Authority in a regular meeting Monday evening for an air traffic control tower at the airport. Ardmore recognizes the FAA as an official sponsor for funding and support for Ardmore Municipal Airport, so the ADA and city officials are collaborating to progress as fast as possible.

Not having a control tower has a negative impact on tenants at the airport, said City Manager J.D. Spohn.

“For example, the military can’t land their flights there without an operational control tower,” Spohn said. “We want to correct that and get business back to normal. Ardmore Development Authority and the city are working together to try and resolve this as fast as we can.”

The ADA has also been negotiating with Chickasaw Telephone Company to build a new building at the municipal airport, said City Attorney Jennifer O’Steen, and commissioners approved an increase to the amount of property Chickasaw Telephone Company leases. 

The company’s current lease rate is set at $400 per month for 10 years with renewal options for four additional 10-year periods, and O’Steen said increasing Chickasaw Telephone Company’s lease amount is an opportunity for the city.

City commissioners also approved a bid for the construction of a new fire station to be located at 125 Veterans Blvd., which could begin construction as soon as two weeks, said Fire Chief Cary Williamson. The new station will replace Station 3 at 1997 Veterans Blvd.

Bids were opened on Sept. 21, and out of the bids received from five contractors, Fenix Construction Inc. of Ardmore submitted the lowest bid of $1,656,900.

The original bid package the city set for the new station was $1.2 million, but Williamson affirmed money could be made up “in gaps.” 

Moving the station will also help with the fire department’s insurance service organization rating, he said, which includes evaluations of public fire protection, flood risk and the adoption and enforcement of building codes in individual communities to ideally mitigate risk.