Following a bid opening two weeks ago with the Newton City Commission, the costs for rehabilitation work on Taxiway-C at the Newton City/County Airport were brought before the Harvey County Commission on Monday for further approval.

Airport Manager Brian Palmer noted the low bid came from Cornejo and Sons for $140,158 (under the estimated cost of $195,140) and a letter has now been sent to the Federal Aviation Administration requesting approval of that bid. Once that is received, Palmer noted he would come before the commission for final approval.

Usually, Palmer said a response from the FAA approving bids can take a week to 10 days, but he pointed out that the FAA will not make its portion of money for the project available until May. Part of the reason on holding until FAA approval is received, Palmer said, is because he didn't want the commission to have to go through the process again if that bid is kicked back.

Commissioners approved the bid pending FAA approval, agreed to the matching fund amounts ($12,018 each for the city and county), authorizing staff to sign off on the bid as well as task order number five — hiring HNTB Corporation as subconsultant on the rehabilitation project for a cost not to exceed $56,809.

"We do appreciate your support out there," Palmer said.

Palmer also updated the commission on the status of Hangar W, which is temporarily being leased to Ballard Aviation for storage, though he noted the airport is seeking out a tenant that will make full use (both storage and office space) of the hangar.

In other business, the county commission:

Heard from commissioner Chip Westfall about a recent meeting of the Kansas County Commissioners Association, which focused on a bridge project the Kansas Department of Transportation is undertaking similar to one the county took on last year (which could benefit the county), as well as what the impact could be of the school funding decision. If a constitutional amendment is the route taken, Westfall said the KCCA was stating a special election would be required, which would cost the county $19,000.
Was informed of the upcoming quad-county meeting on May 7 in Reno County. Commissioners will meet at the Reno County Courthouse and then tour the Reno County Youth Shelter/Detention Center.
Received requests to RSVP for the KCCA Conference to be held May 1 through 3 in Wichita.
Approved the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging grant application from the Department on Aging requesting a total of $39,903 in funding.
Was notified that the county will be under extreme fire danger on Wednesday and Thursday by Emergency Management Director Gary Denny, who also noted the rescheduled storm spotter workshop will be held this Thursday.
Listened to an update from Sheriff Chad Gay on his department's workload for the month of March, which included 115 cases, 442 traffic stops, 51 tickets issued, 42 arrests, nine non-injury accidents, seven injury accidents and five deer-related accidents.
Received the results of the election held at the booth County Clerk Rick Piepho set up at KidFEST over the weekend. Items on the ballot included favorite color, favorite snack, favorite holiday and when Kansas became state. In total, 84 ballots were filled out, with purple winning favorite color, ice cream deemed the favorite snack, Christmas selected as the favorite holiday and the majority of kids (58) correctly choosing Jan. 29, 1861, as the inception of Kansas' statehood.
Accepted the bid for 1,380 gallons of 2,4-D Amine, 12 gallons of Plateau and 90 gallons of Tordon 22K — three different herbicides — for the Noxious Weed Department from Van Diest at a total cost of $17,249.38. It was the lowest of two bids received.
Accepted the bid for mowing services at the county parks from Unruh Mowing at a cost of $3,050 for all three parks each cycle (for up to 12 cycles and a total cost of $36,600). It was the lowest of two bids received.