City to accept airport grants

First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUMBERTON - The city will accept $1.3 million in grants for the Lumberton Regional Airport at tonight's City Council meeting.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
The airport has received two grants, a $300,000 Vision 100 federal grant and a $1 million grant from the state and federal governments. The Vision 100 grant is an annual grant used for maintenance, while the $1 million grant is the latest installment for a $4 million renovation of the airport's main runway.
The airport already has received $2 million for the project, and the final installment of $1 million is expected next year. In 2005, the city set aside $102,778 to match a $1.85 million state and federal grant for the project, and the county agreed to match the city's contribution.
The airport plans to use the money to completely rebuild Runway 5/23. The runway, which was built in the early 1940s, has numerous holes underneath it that have been caused by rotting tree stumps. The holes lower the runway’s weight capacity, making it impossible for some larger aircraft to land in Lumberton.
The council tonight will also address a request from the Police Department that it apply for several grants, including a technology grant of $49,833 from the Governor's Crime Commission.

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