Washington Evening Journal

Fairfield Ledger   Mt. Pleasant News
Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2018

Washington Airport receives $269K grant

Jul 23, 2018
Photo by: David Hotle On Friday, the Washington Airport received a $269,000 grant to continue its expansion project of the apron to allow more room and eventually install another fuel farm.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The ongoing project to expand the apron at the Washington Municipal Airport got a shot in the arm thanks to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to continue expanding.

On Friday, U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack presented airport officials with a $269,000 FAA grant to provide additional area for planes to park and turn. Airport commission chair Kevin Erpelding said the grant would aid in allowing the airport to expand to the west. He said the overall project to expand the apron is a long-term project and would continue for many years. He expects the expansion made possible by the grant to go for bids in the fall, with construction beginning next year. The project is expected to expand the apron about 5,000 square yards.

“We’re slowly trying to expand our ramp to have more room because right now we are having a problem getting planes in and turned around when we have larger aircraft,” Erpelding said. “If we have many planes in we have a hard time getting them turned around or into our fuel farm.”

He said another goal the commission has in the next five years is to create another space planes can fuel. He said this project will create an area to make that possible.

So far, the airport has spent about $750,000 to expand the apron and this project will continue that expansion.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said especially during spraying season the airport has had a problem with not having the space to accommodate all the traffic. He said another portion of the plan is constructing a new hanger.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 25, 2018 12:38

Rail traffic volume up, mostly coal

By Jon Gilrain, Ledger correspondent | Jul 24, 2018

The Jefferson County Supervisors met Monday to discuss an abatement of property taxes for a property with the county assessor and to hear updates from Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the county engineer.

They also spoke with residents about the county’s roadwork priorities and problems.

The supervisors spoke with county assessor Steve Wemmie about a county property where taxes hadn’t been paid in 16 years. The tax bill of $3794 has been building up since 2002. The issue was tabled pending discussion with the county treasurer who was unavailable for this meeting.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Road Master Steve Pumphrey gave an update to the board about railroad work in the county. Work was recently completed to reduce noise at the Fourth Street crossing.

While Fairfield sees 45-50 trains per day, volume is up and projected to pass 2006 totals during the second week of August. Over 220,000 train cars are expected to pass through Fairfield in 2018.

“The railroad through Fairfield has become largely a coal line with coal coming directly out of the Thunder Mine in Gillette, Wyoming, to Chicago. With grain coming out of the Dakotas and other lines at capacity, the line through Fairfield is seeing more use,” said Pumphrey.

If you wish to comment, please login.