The Conway City Council will address matters of the new airport and the old airport during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the District Court Building.
The new Conway Municipal Airport is on schedule for a late summer opening in 2014, according to Ronnie Hall of the street department. The council will consider the acceptance of a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will be part of the numerous grants given from the agency and the state for the airport. A $7.5 million loan has been secured for the ability to finish the airport until the sale of the old airport is complete. According to amounts given by Hall, the net cost of the new airport to the city is about $9 million.
Hall also has informed the council that the FAA is inquiring about the setup of the airport in terms of leasing and housing.
"The FAA is pressing us for a ‘business plan’ for the airport along with an airport management plan," Hall said. "In addition, we need to establish the agreement and rates for the public hangar spaces and the corporate hangar land lease."
The method of operating the airport can range from the city employee managed facility under the direct management of the Mayor to a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) arrangement managed by an Airport Commission. The city currently utilizes an FBO to operate and manage the airport with little or no input form city officials.
The city is also accepting offers from real estate developers about the current municipal airport.
In other business, the council will consider:
• an ordinance accepting and appropriating grant funds from ADEQ to the Conway Sanitation Department.
• accepting the proposal from Pepsi for beverage vending rights at all City of Conway facilities for a period of five (5) years.
• a resolution accepting a proposal from Aramark for concession services at City of Colleges Park and Conway Station Park.
• an ordinance appropriating funds for professional services for Curtis Walker Park and Conway Station Park.
• an ordinance establishing and amending rules and regulations for parks and park facilities in the City of Conway.
• a resolution to award a service weapon to the retired Fire Marshall at the Conway Fire Department.