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Wood County Airport Authority signs renovation contracts

WILLIAMSTOWN — A grant offer of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport’s LED lighting project was accepted and contracts were signed for the renovation of the main terminal and general aviation roofs during Tuesday’s Wood County Airport Authority meeting.

With the runway project already completed and these two upcoming upgrades, this has been a big year for the airport, airport manager Glen Kelly said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport was No. 1 this year in funding for a period of time, Kelly said.

The roof project will not affect airline service and it is hoped to begin by the end of this year. The LED lighting project will start before the end of the fiscal year, Kelly said.

“I’m very thankful we’ve been able to receive this funding this year. Particularly when it’s going to help people stay in jobs and keep local people working in jobs,” he said. “I’m glad we’re able to make long term fixes to infrastructure, all of these (updates) are going to last 20 years.”

In other airport news, enplanements were down 263 from this month last year.

“The information that’s out there has made people a little hesitant to fly. Thank goodness the DOT is underwriting all the flights,” Kelly said.

Fuel sales were also down by about 10,000 gallons as compared to last year but Kelly said that was due to the National Guard purchasing about 9,500 gallons for training.

The airport is going through training for fire training, wildlife management training and hazardous materials, among others.

An inspection by the Transportation Safety Administration was conducted last month and the airport passed with no deficiencies.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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