The Wharton City Council on Monday gave the go ahead for renovation work for Wharton Regional Airport.
The council approved an agreement between the city and BLS Construction of El Campo in the amount of $14,900 for the work. Of that amount, half of the costs for hanger improvements can be included in the 2012 Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP) for reimbursement, City Manager Andres Garza Jr. said in a report to council members.
“Three hangers will be rehabilitated and the terminal building in this project,” Airport Manager David Allen told council members.
The project includes removing faded tin and replacing it with new tin on the three hangers. On the terminal building, the project includes removing wall tin and replacing it with panels.
Allen said he wanted to get the project started as soon as possible so it could be completed by Aug. 31. He also told council members that things were going well at the airport.
“All of the hangers are rented,” Allen said. “The airport is doing well.”
In other business, the council approved spending an additional $27,372 for additional environmental services for the planned extension of FM 1301 from Texas 60 to U.S. 59.
The Texas Historical Commission has required an identification and evaluation of archeological resources and historic age buildings for the FM 1301 extension.
“That’s something I have concerns with,” Council member Terry David Lynch said prior to the vote. “We’re starting to nickle-and-dime this. Every time we come to council, there’s additional costs.”
The issue was also discussed during a Public Works Committee meeting held earlier in the day prior to the council meeting. They recommended approval.
“This is open, virgin land,” Garza said. “I think that’s one of the things the commission is looking at. We hope they don’t find anything. If they do find something, you’re talking about costs. If they do, we’ll be back here to discuss our next step.”
Council members also lauded the Babe Ruth tournaments that were held in Wharton last weekend.