Airport projects could get off the ground

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County is seeking a $64,000 state grant for projects at the county airport.

County Planning Director James Mraz on Monday received authorization from the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee to submit the grant application to the state Department of Transportation.

Final approval to submit for the grant – sought under the state’s Aviation Capital Grant Program – will be considered by the full board May 13.

“We identified $64,000 worth of potential projects,” Mraz said. “We’d like to submit that in an application.”

If the grant is approved, the state share would total $57,600 and the county would chip in $6,400.

“If we could apply to the state and get 90 percent, why not take a shot?” Mraz asked.

He said DOT indicated equipment upgrades and structural renovations are eligible for funding.

Mraz said the county received notification last week the 2013-14 state budget includes $7 million for capital projects at general aviation airports across the state.

The grant program provides up to 90 percent funding for eligible projects that will have a service life of at least 10 years.

Mraz said potential Fulton County Airport projects listed in the grant application include:

Heating-ventilation-air conditioning system in the fixed-based operator building – $24,000.

LED light bulbs for runway-taxiway lights – $17,000.

Lighting in FBO building -$8,000.

Windows in FBO building -$5,000.

Wireless internet access in the FBO building – $10,000.

Mraz said county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost had put $24,000 into his budget for 2013 to replace original HVAC units at the airport, but the grant funding could supplant that. He said the $24,000 could be used as the county’s local match under the program.

He was optimistic the county will land the grant.

“I think they’re looking for smaller projects,” Mraz said. “We’re going to tailor our applications around energy conservation. That’s kind of a big buzzword today.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at