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Victoria commissioners OK engineer for airport fuel farm project

By Sonny Long
March 14, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2011 at 10:14 p.m.


OTHER COURT ACTION

On Monday the Victoria County Commissioners Court also:

Approved an order ratifying purchase of a $1 million certificate of deposit for the Victoria County Navigation District operating fund.

Approved a grant bid exemption for county purchases through a state licensed auctioneer.

The Victoria Regional Airport fuel farm replacement project moved forward another step Monday.

County commissioners approved a Texas Department of Transportation agreement with Argus Consulting, a Missouri engineering firm. The contract calls for the engineering company to be paid a maximum of $43,960.

The 25-year-old underground fuel tank system will be replaced using a federally assisted airport development grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

TxDOT acts as the agent for administration of the grant, a 75-25 match. The FAA will fund $408,330, and Victoria County will pay $136,110 to build a new above-ground fuel system.

Ground is expected to be broken on the project "within a couple of months," said airport manager Jason Milewski.

Also on Monday, commissioners accepted a reimbursement payment of $86,365 for the county jail roofing project.

The stimulus funds are part of an energy efficiency and conservation block grant through the State Energy Conservation Office.

"We wrote this grant specifically for this project to recoup some of the funds for replacing that roof," said Joyce Dean, director of administrative services.

The $487,153 re-roofing project is part of the $8.5 million in Certificates of Obligation issued in 2010.

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