Notes from the November Logan
County Airport Committee Meeting
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[November 07, 2019]
Mark Piercy addressed the meeting concerning the TBM maintenance
business he wants to bring to the airport. He is looking for some
help from the county in building the 80x80 building to expand the
maintenance shop to hold 4 aircraft. The cost of the project is
approximately $600,000. Piercy said he would personally front
$300,000 for parts and tooling to do the work.
The county does not seem inclined to help. It was mentioned that the
county could take out a bond to help pay for the project, or part of
it, but the bond would have to be repaid by a stream of revenue that
would never be interrupted. Rent payments from the business would
not qualify, as the business could go out of business and payments
would then revert to the taxpayers. The Airport committee would not
They did suggest that Piercy try to find an insurance policy that
would insure repayment of the bond. Mark pointed out that Peoria (Byerly)
and Decatur already have buildings ready to go. Mark also pointed
out that the airport does not have internet access, and that would
be necessary for his business. Cost to run fiber optic from Airport
Road is $28,000.
The county has to write a storm-water pollution prevention plan for
the airport. Voted to have Hanson do it for $6,000.
TIPS meeting: Two members of the airport committee attended the TIPS
meeting in October. The next project at the airport will be the ramp
rehabilitation in 2020. Cost of the project will be $537,000 with
the county share approximately $27,000.
Hanson and the County want the following project to be a full length
parallel taxiway. It would have to be done in two phases as the
total cost will be over 2 million. First would be from taxiway south
to the end. The following year would be from the taxiway north.
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Because of this project, the proposed new five bay T-hangar project
would be put off a few years. The next project would be
rehabilitation of the entrance road to the airport.
A new issue was discussed. The county will have to sign a new
contract for an airport engineer because the FAA now requires that
contracts with engineers include specific projects that are
The County no longer can sign a contract that does not specify
specific projects. Even though the contract with Hanson still has
several years to go, a new one will have to be signed because of the
taxiway project and entrance road.
The runway paving project is done, but the runway has not been
marked. The runway cannot be opened unless marking (painting) is
done, and painting cannot be done unless temperature is above 55
degrees. Painting would take approximately 2 days. Grass runway is
open temporarily due to the seeding of the area where the two
runways meet. If it gets wet, the airport will have to close the
grass runway to protect the seeding.
Would have been better to sod that area. Fuel tank project is on
hold for parts. Some discussion about adding another tank for jet A
fuel. That would have to be done if Mark gets the financing for the
New county board secretary attended the meeting, Brittney Wilson.