The Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport Advisory Board met Tuesday to discuss ongoing projects and those still in the planning process.
The first order of business provided updates to the sewer projects currently underway. The force main has been completed and, Tuesday, work began on the gravity line. The lift station will arrive in early August. From there, electricians will spend approximately two weeks getting everything wired in.
If all goes as planned, the sewer project will be completed by the end of August or early September. While the city is installing the sewers, director of airport operations Chase Tindle said the tenants will be responsible for hooking up the water.
The next item on the agenda was repainting some of the faded lines along the runway. This project is briefly on hold due to changes taking place within the city’s General Services Department. The agency now falls under the purview of the Engineering and Street Department where it was previously under Public Works. The painting project will commence after the adjustments within the city’s structural management are worked out.
Another item of import on the agenda related to some of the airport’s hangars. The Air Evac and Fixed Base Operation (FBO) hangar each have a new roof, and the FBO hangar will soon receive additional upgrades in the form of reworked hangar doors.
Tindle told the board that the building has settled and the doors have become increasingly difficult to open. During the summer, it is not a problem, but they can be virtually impossible to open during the winter. Welders are coming to help provide support in the area. The door rollers will also be serviced and new seals will be put into place around the doors. Finally, the entire building will receive a fresh coat of paint.
Another important addition discussed involved the installation of security fencing and gates on both the north and south side of the airport. People will still have access to drive in from the road, but if they need to go north or south towards one of the hangars,, they must have access. Options of entry discussed included a keypad, remote controls, or a combination of the two.
The gates would prevent both animals and people from getting into unauthorized areas of the facility. The problem is particularly present during the summer months when people park their vehicles near one of the hangars. In addition to the potential dangers of being near an active runway, they have even been know to block doors and prevent planes from leaving.