Fuel system project at Victoria airport continues to move forward

Sonny Long

Feb. 7, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2011 at 8:07 p.m.

The project to replace the underground aviation fuel system at Victoria Regional Airport moved another step forward Monday as county commissioners approved an agreement for one grant and an application for another.

Commissioners approved an airport project participation agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for a federally assisted airport development grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The grant is 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.

The court also approved an application for a routine airport maintenance grant from TxDOT for removal of the underground fuel tanks.

The $15,000 project will be paid for 50-50 with the state and county splitting the expense.

"Our existing aviation fuel system is 25 years old and in constant need of repairs," said airport manager Jason Milewski. "It got to the point late last year that repairs were going to cost almost $80,000."

In other action related to the airport, county commissioners approved an electrical easement and right of way agreement with AEP Texas for underground electric service to a recently constructed telephone tower.



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