Grant Funding for Airport Taxiway Engineering Sought

Huntsville, TN (2018-11-05) The Scott County Airport Authority requested money be released to provide matching funds on a grant to pay for an engineering study on taxiways at the Scott County Airport. The goal of the survey is to identify needed improvements to increase the likelihood of more grant funding in the future from the Federal Aviation Administration.

At the regular monthly work session of the Scott County Budget Committee Monday night, the Committee voted by acclamation to recommend the full Commission release $3,800 in funds from the Airport budget to match a $76,000 grant to pay for engineering work on extending the taxiways at the Scott County Airport. By completing the engineering, the Airport Authority hopes to increase the chances of receiving further funding from the FAA to make the changes. “We are probably on the short list for getting some (no required match) grant money from the FAA, but we need this in place to get it,” said Hank Duvall, Manager of the Scott County Airport. However, should the county not receive the additional funding, the work would not be in vain. “The taxiways are going to have to be extended eventually, and the work would be good forever,” Duvall concluded.

The question facing the committee was where the funds to provide the match for the grant would come from. While Finance Director Ginger Reynolds acknowledged that the Airport Authority had the funds needed on hand currently, taking that money now could cause some issues at the end of the fiscal year. To that end, Commissioner Paul Strunk made the motion to recommend accepting the grant and taking matching funds out of the Airport budget; however, with the caveat that should the need arise, the Commission would consider taking the money from another account. The motion was passed unanimously.

In other grant news, various Committees approved the acceptance of a pair of yearly grants. The Emergency Services Committee recommended acceptance of a yearly Emergency Management Performance grant, this year in the amount of $19,000. The grant is used for salaries, insurance, utilities, and other costs associated with the Scott County Emergency Management Agency. The Committee also recommended accepting the annual Sheriff’s Department High Visibility Enforcement Grant in the amount of $5,000. Sheriff Ronnie Phillips noted that this year, the grant must be equally split between personnel and equipment for traffic enforcement, including DUI enforcement. Both recommendations were made by acclamation.