Sheridan County Airport is moving forward with its long-awaited Master Plan Study, as the Federal Aviation Administration is able to release funds to airports around the country for federally mandated projects.
The federal funds for the study total more than $370,000, and another $14,900 will come from the State.
Airport Manager, John Stopka, says FAA regulations require a full-blown Master Plan Study every 10 years or so, but this time, it's taken a while to get the necessary financial backing.
Additionally, the Sheridan County Commissioners agreed to contract with Mead & Hunt Consulting, based out of Denver. However, Stopka said the approved consultants will work with several local contractors for the study, to include Vista West Engineering and Prestfelt Surveying.
Finally, the airport awarded a contract to build new hangar space to Mountain View Building, Inc., of Sheridan. They were the only bidder for the project, and their initial proposal was well above the county engineer's estimate. However, the contract was re-negotiated to the lower rate of $518,000.