At a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Johnson County Airport Board voted to award a contract for repairing a slide at the north end of the runway that poses no danger to aircraft, but is in need of repair, and also to install a newer lighting system to assist pilots when landing.
The meeting was called to order and discussions were called for when board member Kirk Kavanagh gave his opinion on the contract.
Board members Randy Dyess and Tom Newell agreed with Kavanagh, and the vote was called for, resulting in the contract being awarded to WWC Engineering of Sheridan.
The contract is for professional services, design and engineering on the project, which will also include upgrading the VASI (Visual Approach Slope Indicator) lights to the more modern PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) sytem. The lights assist pilots in safely landing their aircraft.
The engineering company will now begin design and engineering of the project, which is expected to take about two months to complete. The contract for construction will go to bid in approximately 60 days and the project is slated for completion in August of this year.
Newell said after the vote, “I think we have saved the county a substantial amount of money through due diligence.”