Airport improvements hoped for

Thursday, July 28, 2011 ~ Updated 4:40 PM

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County Commissioners have approved proceeding with preliminary steps toward improvements at the county airport in the hope that funding becomes available.

County Clerk Junior DeLay said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday that Bill Cobb of Smith and Company in Poplar Bluff advised the Missouri Department of Transportation is ranking improvements to the county airport "high on their list of priorities to fund."

DeLay said he was also advised that while there is no money right now, the county can get preliminary steps done in anticipation of future funding such as preliminary design work.

It is "anybody's guess" if funding will be available within the next five years, he said.

In other business and discussion during Thursday's meeting:

* DeLay provided commissioners with a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief update.

To date, projects have been submitted with a combined total of $230,972.56, most of which is repairs on "pieces of eight different county roads," he said.

Richard Wallace, county road and bridge superintendent, said he and Debra Johnston, the project specialist for FEMA assigned to the county, have only looked at the "200 and 300 series" of county roads so far and haven't even begun to look at roads numbered in the 400s or 500s yet.

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