Improvement plan OK’d by commissioners

September 13, 2018

IRONTON — The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $1 million-plus improvement project at the Lawrence County Airpark west of Chesapeake.

The board approved a grant for $1,125,801 for the project, effective Sept. 5. County Commissioner Bill Pratt said that no county funds are being used on the project.

Bill Nenni, chairman of the airport’s board, said the total project is for some $1.4 million, with the bulk of the money coming from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA is paying 90 percent of the project cost, the Ohio Department of Transportation will pay 5 percent and the rest will be paid by the airport board.

About $1.1 million is set aside for project costs, while the remaining $300,000 will go to engineering, design, testing, core drilling and incidentals, Nenni said.

The project includes four inches of new asphalt on the 3,000-foot runway, drainage and new LED lighting that will allow planes to land at night, Nenni said.

The local match will come from rentals of hangars and tie-downs for planes at the airport, Nenni said. The airport board also gets revenues for hay cutting on airpark property, he said.

“Some leases haven’t been paid,” Nenni said. “We have to take care of that.”

The board also voted to send a letter to the two common pleas and two municipal court judges asking for prisoners to help clean up airport property along County Road 1.

In other action, Sheriff Jeff Lawless asked for five new sheriffs department cruisers and a new van to transport prisoners. The estimated cost would be about $242,000, he said. The department currently has two vans to transport prisoners to local court appearances and to house them at other jails around Ohio.

Lawless also asked for help on a leaning wall and falling concrete at the jail sallyport.

“It’s a high-traffic area,” Lawless said, adding that prisoners walk through the sallyport to waiting vans. There also are refrigerators and freezers located in the sallyport.

The board also:

• Hired Tyler Jenkins as a line maintenance employee at the Union-Rome Sewer District.

• Approved the resignation of Eric Collinsworth from the Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services.

• Named Charles Broughton a full-time paramedic and Nathaniel Miskar went from a part-time EMT to a part-time paramedic.

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