Proposal for airport renovation reviewed

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The Salem Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners met Wednesday, Jan. 18, and handled the following business:
DISCUSSED: A proposal for renovating a house into the airport’s new terminal was reviewed. The proposal was prepared by Salem contractor Terry Cottongim, of Cottongim Enterprises. The board can opt to do all or part of the work required to convert the former residence into a public building. The total cost of all proposed changes is $46,800. Cottongim estimated it would take about 60 days to complete the work.
APPROVED: The board approved a payment of $3,160 to Cottongim Enterprises for drawings made detailing the work to convert the house to a terminal.
APPROVED: The board voted to change the dates of its next two regular meetings since its attorney, John Mead, has a conflict with the regular meeting date of the third Wednesday those months. Alternate dates of Feb. 8 and March 22 were approved.
DISCUSSED: Corey Harper, an airport planner with the Indianapolis firm BF&S Civil Engineers, said the relocation of a tower has been unexpectedly delayed from February to April. The tower must be moved to allow the opening of the new runway. The delay by the contractor is due to the discovery of a previously unknown option of the tower by Duke.
DISCUSSED: Harper said the board should include the eradication of kudzu found on a portion of the airport’s property along with a clearing project that is already planned. It takes several years of repeated treatments to eliminate the weed.

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