KDOT offers help on airport project
By The Herald Staff | 3/18/2013
Ottawa city commissioners learned Monday the Kansas Department of Transportation has offered financial assistance to the City of Ottawa.
This time it’s not with a road improvement project, but rather with the costs associated with a land acquisition the city completed last fall to allow future runway expansion at Ottawa Municipal Airport, located about three miles southeast of Ottawa on Montana Road.
Ottawa city commissioners voted in October 2012 to annex about 54 acres of land at 2040 Montana Road, south of the airport, into the city limits. The city already had purchased the property from Old Granddad LLC for $201,750. A Federal Aviation Administration grant was expected to pay for $181,575 of that purchase.
Those federal funds, which were to pay 95 percent of the land acquisition’s cost, had been reduced to 90 percent, Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, told city commissioners Monday.
KDOT’s Division of Aviation, however, has agreed to pay the 5 percent — $10,088 — affected by the federal funding change, Haney said.
The expansion of the airport’s runway would allow the airport to accommodate larger aircraft and help solidify the city’s economic development portfolio, city officials have said. A timetable has not been established for the runway expansion.
City commissioners agreed Monday to place the KDOT funding offer on Wednesday’s agenda for a vote. The commission is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the commission chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.