Airport business plan, operation guide to be developed in-house

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

MOUND CITY – Linn County Airport Manager Jessica Hightower reported to the county commissioners that she had no responses to a request for qualifications for the airport business plan and operational procedures.

Hightower said that the state has a list of engineering firms that might be interested in responding to the request. She contacted each company on that list and sent them information. She also had the Kansas Aviation Association put out a notice to everyone on their list.

However, there were still no responses.

Because of that, Hightower is looking at the possibility of developing the business plan and operational procedures in-house. She will be contacting local airports to see if she can get copies of their plans to help with developing Linn County’s plan.

Hightower reported that the fuel tank at the airport was refilled. She said that it is usually done when the 6,000 gallon tank has less than 1,000 gallons. The purchase was for 4,919 gallons.

While the tank was low, the pump would not pull fuel out and she put a notice on Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and then another notice once it was refilled. She also put on NOTAM that the gas price had gone up to $4.50 per gallon due to the cost of the fuel.

For the last several years, the county has ordered gas in late September or early October so the use of gas there has been pretty steady, said Hightower. She hopes that having the NOTAM system in place will help the county sell the gas faster along with having information on more websites.

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