Airport commission reviews road sign | Local News


Effingham County Memorial Airport is set to get a new road sign after airport commissioners voted this week to allow airport superintendent and county road engineer Greg Koester, to finalize the plan.

Koester received an estimate from Double D signs from Teutopolis for a new sign to be placed along U.S. Route 45 at Airport Road on county-owned property. He said the $12,900 estimate includes LED lighting.

Greg Koester, Engineering Technician and Subdivision Administrator for the Town of Effingham, will verify zoning requirements and the company installing the sign is a licensed installer.

“If we go ahead, they’re asking for a 75% down payment to get the materials ordered,” Koester said.

The discussion on the progress of the High Flight hangar under construction at the airport was led by airport manager Jerry Tate.

“Since this week they’ve been moving a lot of dirt and hauling a lot of rocks in anticipation of the concrete trucks coming in,” Tate said.

Tate estimates that High Flight should be able to use the new building by July. The structure is 112 feet by 100 feet and 37 feet 3 inches high. It is large enough to house small jet planes.

Airport commission chairman Q. Anthony Siemer asked Tate whether or not they have someone in place to fill the space left by High Flight after they move into their new building. Tate said there was someone interested in storing their plane in the space left by High Flight, but that has not been confirmed.

“It’s only tentative. I don’t have anyone knocking on the door right now,” Tate said. “I don’t expect this shed to be empty for very long.”

The commissioners were introduced to a new representative from Hanson Engineering who will now work with the commission on aviation-related projects for the airport. Aeronautical Project Engineer Jeff Olson provided an update on the environmental assessment of the Runway 29 expansion project. The runway expansion will add 900 feet to the existing Runway 29, allowing large jet aircraft to land safely at Effingham Airport.

“We received comments from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and many of them were very minor,” Olson said. “What I am finally reporting is that we have received very good feedback from the FAA and hopefully we will be able to respond to all of their feedback and get final approval.”

He said they would now refer the airport’s responses to the FAA. He said they should hear something from the FAA in about five months.

Discussions continued on a future project to build nested T-hangars. Koester said the hangar access roadway design would be developed by Hanson and the local architect for the actual construction of the hangar. He said the idea would be to finalize a set of plans that local contractors could bid on.

Airport commissioner Ken Wohltman said there were several options to consider when it came to building nested T-hangars, such as the ramp payout material and the thicknesses they would have need. He also discussed the exterior finish of the shed.

He said that by constructing an interlocking T-shed there would be savings in pavement costs, as the length of the building would not be as long.

Wohltman said he would provide a cost estimate for the project for the May commission meeting.

“I have no doubt that eight T-sheds will fill up immediately,” Tate said. “The big picture is to have two rows of eight at any given time.”

Tate said that in the future he would like to see the old 12-plane capacity hangar fall down after the new interlocking T-hangars are built to make room for possibly larger hangars for corporate use. .

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