Council accepts FAA grant for airport road project

Council accepts FAA grant for airport road project

By Debby Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Acceptance of a grant for more than $1.2 million to the Joplin Regional Airport was approved Thursday by the Joplin City Council.

The council met in special session to take action on the grant. Airport manager Steve Stockam told the council that he received confirmation that the money would be made available to Joplin on Tuesday, too late for the council’s regular meeting that night. He said he needed to proceed with the project before the next regular council meeting.

The Federal Aviation Administration last December agreed to give Joplin a grant to build a service road on the airport grounds. That will increase safety by keeping fuel trucks and other vehicles from driving onto the runways, Stockam told the council.

He said it had been uncertain if the money would actually come through because of the federal sequester. “Only a handful of projects was funded in the mid-central region (of the U.S.), so Joplin is very fortunate,” Stockam said.

The grant will be for $1,234,141, and Joplin’s cost will be $61,000.

Councilman Mike Seibert asked when the work would be done. Stockam said the base of the road will be built this fall, and he expects it to be finished in the spring if the work has to stop for winter weather.

Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean was absent. The other eight council members voted in favor of accepting the grant.

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