The Pratt Airport Authority Board of Directors reviewed a trio of projects including adding more tie downs, expanding Chandler Road and sealing cracks in front of the new hangar at the airport.

Bids for a trio of proposed projects at the Pratt Regional Airport will be going out in early spring. The Pratt Airport Authority Board of Directors reviewed the projects at their monthly meeting March 8 in the Pratt Municipal Building.

The projects include adding three more tie down areas near the T-hangers and close to Farmer's Spraying service. A second project is expanding Chandler Road as part of apron rehabilitation. This expansion would give better access to the T-Hangers north of the Fixed Base Operator, said Dea Dix-Brown, airport secretary.

A third project, sealing cracks in front of the new hangar at the airport, will depend on the cost of the other two projects. When the bids come in for the other two projects, if there is enough money left over, it will be applied to the sealing project.

Funds for the projects is through a Kansas Department of Transportation 90-10 grant that the airport has already received. The money is dedicated to apron rehabilitation.

While the bids go out in the spring, the projects will not take place until October so they won't interfere with Farmer's Spraying service, said Jeff Voss, airport maintenance supervisor.

The Automated Weather Observation Station at the airport recorded a 59 mph wind gust during the wind storm on March 6. A couple of buildings at the airport suffered very minor damage and one tree was blown down, Voss said.

The airport is looking for a business to occupy the former Davies building at 40077 Kennedy Avenue. The building is currently configured for offices but if a renter wants to use the space as a shop area, the office walls, they are not load bearing, can be removed to provide shop space, Voss said.

Nitrate levels in the water continue to be a problem at the airport. Currently, the City of Pratt, that owns the airport utilities, is applying for a grant to run a city water line to the airport, Dix-Brown said.

Because of the nitrate level, the businesses on the airport have to use water that is delivered to the businesses.

A new computer backup unit was approved to meet a requirement from the previous airport audit. The Board approved $299 to purchase a Buffalo Link Station 210 from Office Solutions to provide backup on-site and to the Cloud.

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