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County commissioners consider repair options at Mississippi County's airport

Friday, June 22, 2012

CHARLESTON -- Maintenance and construction at the county's airport concerned Mississippi County Commissioners at their meeting Thursday.

County Clerk Junior DeLay said he met with Bryan Gregory of the Missouri Department of Transportation at the airport to discuss possible maintenance. DeLay said the southwest corner of the apron is in the worst condition.

DeLay provided the commissioners with several options to repair the apron. These include: overlaying the deteriorated part of the apron so it is consistent with the rest of the pavement; undergoing full-depth reconstruction; or limiting the apron overlay to the northern two-thirds of the deteriorated pavement.

However, "when Bryan looked at the area, he questioned whether it was even needed," said DeLay.

The part of the apron mentioned "used to have a fueling station," but no longer does, said County Commissioner Robert Jackson. "If we continue to do nothing, then there could be a liability issue," he said.

"MoDOT's recommendation was to take it out," said DeLay

"I kind of agree with MoDOT," said Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett. "I say we just take that piece out."

It would "probably be better just to take it out and not patch over it," agreed County Commissioner Steve Jones.

"Can we put MoDOT's option in the plan," asked Bennett. The commission then discussed adding MoDOT's plan as a fourth option.

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