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Airport awaiting federal funds for projects

WILLIAMSTOWN – The Wood County Airport Authority approved the grants for the roof and electrical vault projects when those funds become official.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the $562,233 for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport last week, but according to airport Manager Glen Kelly, the airport has yet to receive the paperwork to finalize the monies.

The airport authority unanimously voted for President Bill Richardson to approve those when they become available.

The grants will cover the roof renovation for the main terminal and the general aviation building.

Initially, funding for the general aviation building was going to come from the general fund, but Kelly said the grant will cover that roof repair as well.

For the roof funds, the airport will not be required to match the grants, but when the funding for the electrical vault comes through, it will have to provide a 5 percent match.

However, Kelly said he anticipates reimbursement.

In other business, the airport is seeing an increase in enplanements.

For July, there were 245 enplanements as compared to 82 in June, but that was with the three-week closure of the airport due to the paving of the runway.

“We are starting to see traffic pick back up,” Kelly said.

Fuel sales reached 34,071 gallons, which is down around 5,000 gallons from July 2019. Kelly said that was mainly due to the closure of the airport on a Saturday due to the runway sealing.

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