A resolution approved by city officials will allow the sale of the property that includes the current airport.
The vote came during a public hearing held Monday, Feb. 13, during the Salem Common Council meeting.
Members of the airport’s board attended the meeting, as did Lowell Depoy, airport manager; John Mead, the airport’s attorney; and Corey Harper, an airport planner with Butler Fairman & Seufert Civil Engineers, an Indianapolis firm.
Once the airport’s new 3,000-foot runway opens, the current runway and the property around it will be surplus property, Mead explained to the council. It includes about 51 acres of land. The property is currently being appraised.
The law requires that the money generated from the sale of the airport property be used exclusively for the airport.
The new 3,000-foot runway is expected to open within months – possibly as early as June. Once that portion of the runway is open, work will begin to expand it to a total of 5,000 feet which will allow more powerful aircraft to land.