This week the Centre-Piedmont- Cherokee County Regional Airport Authority signed a contract for the completion of the airport’s fuel facility. During the January meeting the authority voted to contract with Jordan Petroleum of Lineville, Alabama to complete the necessary repairs to bring it up to state and federal codes, remove and dispose of the existing fuel. The total cost of the project is $24,300 which is being covered by bond funds and no cost to the local authority. All work is expected to be completed by April 30, 2015.
The Authority also approved an expansion of the facility submitting a pre-application for fiscal year 2015-16 for federal and state funds to construct and new 10-Bay T-Hangar with bi-fold doors. Luanne Hayes, director of the authority, said the expansion and completion of the fuel system will stimulate growth and provide income in an effort to create a more self-sufficient airport. Notification of project funding will be announced in coming months.
Hayes said the Authority received a generous donation from First Southern State Bank of a Board table, chairs and other furnishings for the airport’s conference room in the Harley McGatha Operations Building.
The Regional Airport serves the cities of Centre, Piedmont and the Cherokee County area and is located on 308 acres six miles south of Centre along Alabama Highway 9. The 5500 feet runway is the optimum length recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration for regional general aviation airports with Runway 7 and 25 having RNAV GPS approaches.