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Airport capital improvement plan approved by commissioners

At the July 3 meeting of the Archuleta County Commissioners, the BoCC approved an updated capital improvement plan for Stevens Field, as well as accepting a grant won by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.

The BoCC is required to review and update the airport CIP on an annual basis and submit it to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Aeronautical Division.

This year’s revision of the document contained little change from the plan created by engineering firm JViation last year.

In the agenda review session for the meeting, airport manager Kate Alfred explained that 2012’s project of obtaining heavy equipment for airport snow removal is underway, as is 2013’s project of relocating the self-service fuel station to the North Ramp and adding lighting.

The next large project slated for Stevens field is in 2015?— the extension of the parallel taxiway.

In 2016, an expansion of the apron is planned.

Helping with the cost of those future projects, though, will be money currently contributed to the debt service of building the fixed-base operator building at the airport. That debt retires in August 2014, and it is anticipated that the county will withhold the same amount currently given to debt service to help fund the capital projects.

Also at the meeting, the BoCC accepted a grant garnered by the ACSO.

The ACSO is the recipient of a 2011 NRA (National Rifle Association) grant, sending $6,699.83 in the direction of the department.

With that funding, which requires no match on the part of the county, the ACSO will, according to Harry Harris, purchase six vests and ammo to replace the current duty ammo for patrol deputies, which will be relegated to practice use.

The next regular meeting of the BoCC will be held on July 17 at 5:30 p.m.

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