Jo Co Airport Projects Complete, Mgr Offered Contract


The slide repair on the runway at the Johnson County Airport and the installation of the new PAPI lights are completed, according to Tom Newell, with the Johnson County Airport Board.

Newell said the projects were complete, for the most part, and that the airport runway was closed for the 19 days that they believed it would be closed. However, there was an issue with the electrical contractor which resulted in a small additional bill for the project.

He reported to the county commissioners at last week's meeting.

PAPI is Precision Approach Path Indicator, a light array located next to the runway that assists pilots in acquiring the correct approach path while landing an aircraft.

The slide repair was located on the north end of the runway, and required extensive work below the slide area to maintain the integrity of the runway itself. The slide occurred outside of the project boundary when the runway was resurfaced and required a separate bid for the slide project.

The commissioners also were brought a redrafted contract for the airport manager position. The board had finalized an agreement between the county and Airport Manager Jim McLaughlin and brought the contract for the review and approval of the commissioners.

The contract is effective from October 1 of this year through the end of the fiscal year and will be subject to renewal each fiscal year.

The commission approved the contract.

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