Middletown receives state funding for runway lighting improvements

Middletown Regional Airport will receive a state aviation grant to rehabilitate its runway lighting system. FILE PHOTO Middletown has accepted a $260,000 loan from Middletown Moving Forward to extend Hook Drive as well as install underground utilities to help facilitate economic development efforts for 130 acres on the west side of Middletown Regional Airport. ED RICHTER/STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Middletown Regional Airport will receive a state aviation grant to rehabilitate its runway lighting system. FILE PHOTO Middletown has accepted a $260,000 loan from Middletown Moving Forward to extend Hook Drive as well as install underground utilities to help facilitate economic development efforts for 130 acres on the west side of Middletown Regional Airport. ED RICHTER/STAFF FILE PHOTO

Middletown has received another grant from the state for continued improvements at its airport.

Middletown City Council Tuesday approved a resolution to accept grant funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Aviation for the runway lighting project at Middletown Regional Airport as well as contract with Jess Howard Electric Company of Blacklick, Ohio to do the work.

Over the past few years, the city has been awarded several airport improvement grants to complete various projects.

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City Manager Doug Adkins told the council that officials annually from ODOT’s aviation office annually reviews capital projects suggested for funding by airport sponsors. The projects are required to be part of the facility’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan and listed on the Airport Layout Plan as a future project. They are also required to meet the scope criteria for the current year.

The city proposed three projects during its annual ODOT review and that each project was scored against the criteria set for the current cycle and all projects were ranked statewide to evaluate their ability to be funded. ODOT will fund 95 percent of the $356,839 project which will include the city’s 5 percent match of $17,842. Officials said the project funds are available on a reimbursement basis and that the project was included in the 2018 Airport Capital Budget.

“We were notified in January by ODOT that the proposed Runway Lighting rehabilitation project scored high enough to warrant funding, and we have proceeded through the application process,” Adkins said.

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City officials said Brandstetter Carroll was hired to perform the professional services for the engineering and grant administration of the project. Brandstetter Carroll has completed the design phase of the project, and bids were taken to find a contractor. Six bids were received with Jess Howard Electric Company having the lowest and best bid, and has experience with this type of work, according to a staff report on the project.