The money will execute projects in a new, 20-year master plan that the authority has been preparing for a year. The plan calls for an expansion of the terminal building.
"We look to the future all the time," Chairman
Planes as large as Boeing 757s are able to land at the airport now, but a wider path is needed for regular traffic, Rossi said. The plan includes "stiffening" the runway to add more weight capacity for the bigger planes, he said.
"We're near maximum level now, so we want the stiffening and widening to be able to grow for the future," Rossi said.
In July, the carrier flew 25,701 passengers through the
The bond funds will match a
Renovations outlined in the master plan could cost between
Interest rates are at about 2.9 percent, and terms of the bond allow for up to 6 percent.
The master plan was discussed in one of a series of meetings this week. Consultants will return to the airport for at least two more planning meetings before the final draft is reviewed before the public.
Rossi said it could be adopted by the end of the year.
In other business, the a 1983 shuttle bus, which needed extensive engine repairs, was replaced with two new vehicles that will be alternated to pick up passengers in the parking lot.
Rossi and authority board member
The old bus looped around the parking lot for four years, racking up 50,000 miles, Rossi said.
The new buses will hold about 12 passengers each, with room for luggage.
The 120-by-200 foot hangar will have a 60-vehicle parking lot. Beyond that, it will lease for
The board approved extending a lease agreement with
Board members praised employees for their response to two incidents within the last month, including a suspicious package found
The package was "the closest thing I've ever seen something look like a bomb" in 40 years of public safety experience, Monzo said, but it was a child's science project with electronics.
About 400 people, including a party in the banquet hall, were in the terminal when it was evacuated for about an hour. Passengers arriving from
The incident is only the second time in recent memory that the building has been evacuated, Monzo said.
Board members praised security officer
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