The Osceola Village Board approved a resolution petitioning for state and federal aid to help fund projects at the airport.
A list of potential projects included updating airport layout plans, maintenance and improvements at the airport, and land acquisition for runway approaches and possible development south of 68th Avenue.
“We’re not looking for an expansion at the airport,” said Dick Johnson. “We’re looking to modernize it as we go along.”
Through the federal government’s airport improvement program, 90% of project funding would come from federal dollars, 5% from the state and 5% from the village.
“Every year the federal government gives us $150,000 for maintenance on runways, and things like modernizing the terminal or building a hangar. The property part of [our plan] is just a small piece, but it would be nice to have a little bit of control, to make sure the village develops in a way that’s compatible with the airport.”
All projects on the list are prospective, according to Johnson.
“This is our wish list,” he said. “It’s not like this is going to happen tomorrow,”
Noted Interim Administrator Frank Pascarella: “If and when any future funding is requested, the project will come before the village for the board’s review and consideration.”