The city of Ardmore will be moving forward with the application process of two grants to benefit both the Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport and the Ardmore Municipal Airport.
The city will apply for more than $6 million  in Federal Aviation Administration grants to help fund engineering services and reconstruction of Taxiway A for the Ardmore Municipal Airport, near Gene Autry.
According to a letter submitted by Kristi McElroy, purchasing coordinator and grant administrator, the city solicited bids for the reconstruction that included a base bid and two alternates.
“At this time, it has not been determined if the FAA will fully fund the base bid and both alternates. It is for this reason, that the maximum amount is requested which includes the base and alternates,” the letter says.
If the grant is awarded, the Ardmore Development Authority agreed to fund the required maximum match of $605,405.39. In addition, a memorandum of understanding will be executed between the ADA and the city, if the grant is awarded, according to the letter.
The total grant amount is for $6,054,053.92. The item was approved during the city commissioners regular meeting Tuesday as part of their consent docket.
The other grant city commissioners approved staff to submit an application for was to help reimburse expenses related to property acquisition in the Runway Protection Zone, north of the Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport. The parcels were acquired in order to get the airport in compliance with FAA regulations.
If awarded, the grant would total up to $332,000.53 in federal reimbursement.
According to a letter submitted to city commissioners, in September 2015, the commission approved the purchase of two parcels owned by LW Development, LLC, totaling $312,145. At the time of the approval of the purchases, city staff told the commission grant funds would be later sought to reimburse the city for the expenses.
“We promised you a long time ago when you let us buy a couple parcels in the Runway Protection Zone that we would do our best to try to get some grant money to help reimburse the city for that cost,” City Attorney Jen O’Steen said. “With your approval tonight (Tuesday) we will go ahead and submit a grant application to the FAA and hopefully be reimbursed for up to 90 percent of our cost, which would be the $332,000.”
The city, O’Steen said, would be responsible for 10 percent.
“We were hoping for $300,000, we’re shooting for a little bit more because there were expenses exceeding that amount,” she said.
If the grant funds are awarded by the FAA, staff will later request permission from the commission to accept the funds.
“We do have additional parcels we would like to acquire in the future, but for now, this is the most we’re going to ask you for in the hope that the FAA will come through,” O’Steen said.