Victoria County to discuss plan for airport

Passengers board the first commercial flight from Victoria Regional Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

After Hurricane Harvey damaged several buildings at the Victoria Regional Airport, Victoria County commissioners will discuss their plan for the future.

Monday, county commissioners will discuss whether to approve an update to the airport's master plan, which is a lengthy document that details everything from the airport's history to how it affects Victoria's economy. This comes after the airport's board of directors recently approved the update to the plan, said County Commissioner Gary Burns.

"It's required for us to have (a plan) to get any of our federal and state funding," Burns said. "So it's pretty involved."

The plan outlines future projects at the airport, which range from runways to hangars. It also details exactly where the airport gets money to operate, which includes state and federal grants.

Monday's meeting comes more than a month after Hurricane Harvey slammed Victoria. So far, crews are almost done collecting residents' tree debris, Burns said. Next, crews will pick up construction supplies and damaged furniture.

"It's just going to take a while," Burns said.

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Marina writes about housing, Hurricane Harvey recovery and local politics for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach Marina by emailing mriker@vicad.com or follow her on Twitter, @MarinaStarleaf.

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