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Revised layout plan will help guide land use near Willmar's new municipal airport

WILLMAR -- The revised airport layout plan being recommended for the Willmar City Council's approval is required of all federally obligated airports and will help guide land use near the new airport.

WILLMAR -- The revised airport layout plan being recommended for the Willmar City Council's approval is required of all federally obligated airports and will help guide land use near the new airport.

The plan, which was the revised as part of the development of the new airport located west of the city, shows the location of buildings, runways and taxiways.

It indicates where a 1,000-foot extension to the main runway could be constructed, and shows the location of the grassed cross-wind runway, which could be paved in the future.

Also, the plan shows the precision approach zones off the ends of the runways where the heights of structures are restricted to prevent objects from becoming obstructions to air navigation.

What is depicted on the plan can be changed or modified, but must be done in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration standards, said Melissa Galvan, airport manager.

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"If it's not depicted on the airport layout plan, the FAA has trouble approving the project,'' she said.

Galvan, along with Tom Angus, senior project manager with airport project consultant HNTB, presented the plan to the council's Public Works/Safety Committee Tuesday evening. The committee voted to recommend the plan be approved by the council and be submitted to the FAA and Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics for approval.

Revising the plan was required as part of the airport construction project. The overall format of the final plan is different from the 1998 plan, which was conditionally approved in 1999.

Galvan said it's good to have the plan approved because it will help her, and the city engineering and planning and development departments see how the airport affects nearby land and plan for it.

"It is one of the last things to be completed before the airport project can be closed out as a whole,'' she said.

In other business, the committee:

- Approved an additional $30,000 payment to HNTB for services to complete the airport layout plan. HNTB said the additional payment was necessary because unanticipated work resulted from significant changes made by FAA in airport layout plan requirements.

- Approved final payment of $16,480 to Granite Ledge Electrical Contractors of Foreston for construction of traffic signals at Fifth Street and 19th Avenue Southeast. Total project cost was $205,820.

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- Approved final payment of $69,828 to Duininck Bros. of Prinsburg for 2004 grading, paving and electrical work at the new airport. Total project cost was $3.3 million.

- Approved final payment of $21,654 to Duininck Bros. for 2005 miscellaneous airport improvements. Total contract cost was $968,542.

- Approved the list of proposed 2008 street, sewer and utility projects and ordered the engineering department to prepare the improvement report.

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