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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • 'Buy America' requirement holds up purchase

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  • The Pratt Regional Airport continues their struggle to meet grant requirements to purchase snow removal equipment for the airport.
    The Airport Authority Board of Directors heard an update on the situation at the monthly meeting Thursday in the Pratt Municipal Building.
    The airport is attempting to make the purchase using a Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grant.
    The hang-up has to do with meeting the Buy America requirement in the grant that at least 60 percent of the snow removal vehicle has to be made in America, said Airport Manager Reid Bell.
    "We can't find a truck that meets the Buy America specifications," Bell said.
    On their latest attempt they got within six points of meeting the requirement. The airport has contracted dozens of businesses but none could meet the Buy America conditions.
    The airport has been working on the matter for two years and they will continue to work with the FAA on the issue, Bell said.
    In other Board activity:
    • Members of the B-29 Museum Committee presented their proposed locations for airport information signs along U.S. 281.
    • The fly-in at the airport was very successful and brought a lot of people to the airport to see the old airplanes and take rides in the B-17.
    • Stephen LaPrad of Patten, Cramer & LaPrad presented a favorable report of the federal audit of the airport and its operations and had no disagreements with the management.
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