Fulton County Airport capital plan unveiled

County not obligated to undertake

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Department recently unveiled the county’s most-recent Airport Capital Improvement Plan to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plan is for the Fulton County Airport on County Highway 153, which connects with Route 67.

The county is required to submit the plan to the FAA, and it is typically submitted in the spring of each year. But planning Director Scott Henze recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee that the FAA has been pushing airport consultants to work with their local governments to have such plans submitted earlier each year for budgeting purposes.

Submission of the plan doesn’t obligate the county to undertake or complete any work included in the plan. A funding breakdown for projects in the plan are: FAA — 90 percent; state Department of Transportation — 5 percent; Fulton County — 5 percent.

Henze said the FAA has been in contact with Passero Associates — Fulton County’s airport consultants — asking it to submit a draft plan identifying projects through fiscal year 2024.

The FAA plan shows these projects for 2019: $1 million project for construction for runway rehabilitation and connector taxiway improvements; and a $100,000 project to design reconstruction of the main apron.

“Currently, our 2019 [county] capital plan contains these two projects,” Henze said.

Other projects in the FAA plan include: design for parallel taxiway rehabilitation and reconstruction of the main apron in 2021; construction of a parallel taxiway rehabilitation in 2023; and snow removal equipment in 2024.

If the snow removal equipment is purchased in 2024, it is expected to cost $350,000. Of that total, $17,500 would be the responsibility of Fulton County.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.