Pending approval of Federal Aviation Authority appropriations, money for the first phase of the airport improvement project will be appropriated soon, Logansport Airport Manager Tim Daulton said.

Wednesday, the Logansport/Cass County Aviation Authority met with engineer Paul Shaffer to discuss plans for the extension of the runway from 4,400 feet to 5,800 feet, a project that will extend the runway over Kokomo Pike. Daulton told the authority board after consulting with Slusser’s Green Thumb, the best course for managing property the authority has acquired for expansion east of the airport will be discing the land. Grass seed may be planted in August or later.

If federal funding is available, the runway would be extended by the fall of 2007. Plans call for the existing west edge of the runway to be cut by 350 feet to comply with setback requirements. The existing west edge is close to Ind. 29.

Plans also call for the creation of two separate swales north of the runway. Long-term plans call for the merging of the two swales and expanding the runway from 75 to 100 feet in width and 5,800 to 6,000 feet in length, with the construction of a new administration building and additional parking.

In other business, the authority re-elected its officers for the coming year. Mark Hildebrandt will serve as president, Tad Wilkinson will be vice-president, Paul Hipsher will be secretary and Pat McNarny will be treasurer.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. the next two Wednesdays at the airport.

Center may improve handicap access downtown

A $100,000 appropriation in the federal budget could be coming to Logansport next year.

Rep. Chris Chocola said at the Cass County Senior Citizen Center Wednesday that he has requested the funding in the 2007 budget. Chocola, R-Bristol, said local residents may want to contact their U.S. senators and ask their support for the appropriation.

At a brief press conference at the center, Executive Director Sue Hoehler said the funding will be used to improve handicap access at the center, which is located on Sixth Street.

Chocola said the federal budget includes some items government should not be funding, but he wants to do what he can for entities such as the center that provide a valuable community service.

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