The runway at Portland Municipal Airport will be sealed in early August, which will close the runway to aircraft.
Airport manager Hal Tavzel told Portland Board of Aviation on Wednesday that Reece Seal Coating, Inc., will repair cracks and seal the runway from Aug. 4 through 8. He had hoped to have the project done earlier in the summer, but said the company has been busy.
The runway will be closed during that time.
The board approved spending $20,340 to repair 16,650 feet of cracks in April.
Tavzel also asked board members Bob Sours, John Lyons, Jim Runkle and Mike McKee to consider giving him permission to purchase a new antenna that will allow the airport to better communicate with pilots as they fly in.
“It (the current antenna) doesn’t have very good reception when a pilot tries to call in,” he said. “The antenna that’s up there right now is off an airplane … it’s not the proper antenna.”
For about $150 to $200 the airport can purchase a new antenna, which will provide good reception, he added.
“I would like to be able to hear planes from further out,” Tavzel said.
Lyons, who uses the airport, agreed with Tavzel that communication is not good between the airport and pilots with the current antenna.
Tavzel also asked the board to consider a new draining system for some of the T-hangars.
The city had possession of some of the T-hangars until recently, and after evaluating them, Tavzel found a lot of water is rushing into the hangars.
“I’m recommending that some type of better drainage be put in so water doesn’t come in there. The moisture causes corrosion of the airplanes, and it’s not a real good situation,” he said.
The board asked Tavzel to gather some quotes and present them at the next meeting.
In other business Wednesday, the board:
•Learned the airport sold $16,109.91 in fuel in May and $9,192.97 in June so far.
•Amended its contract with Butler, Fairman and Seufert, the airport’s engineering firm.
Jason Clearwaters of Butler, Fairman and Seufert said the Federal Aviation Administration wants the airport to insert a no texting while driving clause into all agreements the airport makes with outside contractors.
In order to be considered for the next cycle of grants, the airport needs to implement the FAA’s request.
•Approved pay requests to the FAA and Indiana Department of Transportation for an open grant.
•Tabled a discussion about a proposal presented by Richard Schafer to create an easement from his property, which is close to the airport’s property, to Industrial Park Drive.
Sours said the proposal is different than what has been previously discussed and the city’s attorney will look into it.
•Approved an airport layout plan agreement with Butler, Fairman and Seufert.
The firm will be helping to create a new airport layout plan for the airport.
The current plan is at least 20 years old.
It also approved a grant application to help fund the agreement.
•Paid $7,650.58 in claims.