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Federal Aviation Administration money for ongoing upgrades at Kentucky Dam Airport has been released. Aviation consultant Tim Haskell made the announcement at a recent Calvert City Council meeting.

This year’s fee of $ 150,000 will be used to fund an environmental assessment of an airport perimeter fence, the final phase of approach deforestation and the first phase of the airport development plan.

“The first phase of the airport development plan includes an aerial survey of the approaches and the airfield to ensure it meets (FAA) standards,” Haskell said. (Hanson, the consulting company Haskell works for), asked the state “if we could go ahead and get a notice to do this flight (aerial survey).” The flight must be accomplished before the leaves fall from the trees or we will not get good accurate tree height counts. We hope to get this approval (September 14) when we meet with the KDA (Kentucky Department of Aviation).

Haskell will discuss the initial steps needed to allow Calvert City to establish future improvements in the final development plan with City Administrator John Ward and the Airport Board of Directors.

“We will talk about the additional facility requirements, where these facilities are located in the terminal area and how they will be funded,” Haskell said. “For all intents and purposes, we’ll start these discussions (today) and I can update the board as we go.

On another matter, the council decided by consensus to ask the city attorney, Greg Northcutt, to contact Marty Johnson, lawyer for the Marshall County Board of Education, to determine the legalities allowing the school to apply for a grant of $ 10,000 from the Kentucky Bicycle & Bikeway Commission. The grant would fund a bike safety program at Calvert Elementary School and would be administered by City Councilor Tanara Babcock, who introduced the program.

“We’re looking to get our students to ride bikes… and teach them about road safety as well as safe routes to school and parks,” Babcock said. “It would be something (the school) would need to partner with the city to have safety on our streets with signage at the end of the streets. We already have painted crosswalks on Fifth Avenue.

She also said the school would use the grant to buy helmets for students, safety vests for someone to help students on crosswalks starting at $ 10,000. “… The plan is to have our kids ride bikes,” she said. “… We need to have a written contract to show that we have a partnership. The grant would go through the Marshall County schools and I would be the one running it. “

The deadline to submit a grant application is October 1.

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