Work at the McComb-Pike County Airport to repair damage caused by a tornado in November last year is nearing completion, Brad Clark of Clark Construction said.
Electrical work around the airport is substantially complete, as is reconstruction of the corporate hangar next to the fixed-base operator’s office.
Metal panels from the old hangar’s walls and roof have been hung inside the hangar to help insulate it, and Clark said those still need to be painted.
Clark said the floor is still rough and could be buffed and polished to a smooth shine, but “that’s expensive. You can do that later, or you can paint it with epoxy.”
Rick Simpson, the fixed-base operator with Air Services of Mississippi, said epoxy would be more cost effective.
Clark also requested approval of a change order for the hangar door for additional delivery and installation costs, as well as water repair damages in the FBO building.
The door change increased the cost by about $3,400, and the extra repairs will be about $1,700. Both of those will be covered by insurance.
Accountant Hal Holloway reported $38,990 remaining to be paid to Clark Construction.
Engineer Garrett Smith with Neel-Schaffer said the board should advertise its intent to borrow money from the Mississippi Development Authority to match a Federal Aviation Administration grant and proceed with building 10 T-hangars for small aircraft if the board decides to approve bids after they are submitted.
He also recommended that the board contract with Taffy Pippin of Montgomery, Ala., to consult on compliance issues related to hiring disadvantaged business enterprises. She would be paid only if the project advances through bidding and construction, and her fee would be 95% covered under the grant.
Simpson said the airport now has deposits for nine of the proposed 10 hangar slots.
In other business, the board:
• Postponed discussion on renewing the FBO lease.
• Heard from board President Bob Hensarling that he had received one quote to repair an electronic gate, and he was seeking another.
• Discussed the use of proxies in casting votes.