City budget work underway – aviation fund might include plan for the future

YORK – With the city’s budget process underway right now, department heads have been making presentations to the council regarding proposed expenses for the next fiscal year.

This past week, they met with York Public Works Director James Paul, regarding the aviation budget – which pertains to the airport.

Paul explained that with all the departments he oversees, “the themes for the next year are asset preservation, technology and security.”

He said the city had been planning to do rehabilitation work at the airport – in doing so, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) informed him they will need to do a new layout plan for the airport. In doing so, the city will continue to qualify for federal funds for projects, as the city has in the past.

He said the new plan will cost $350,000 – of that cost, 10% or $35,000 will be the responsibility of the city.

“That is just for the plan?” asked Councilman Matt Wagner.

“Yes, it is a future engineering plan,” Paul responded. “We have to do the plan to do the work, it is required.”

Paul also said the purchase and installation of a storm shelter at the airport wasn’t able to be accomplished this fiscal year, so he would like to see that pushed into the next year’s budget.

He noted the apartment at the airport was remodeled this past year and he would like to see gutter work and leak repairs take place this next fiscal year.

The other special project he proposed was the purchase of flight operation software, which would collect information regarding flight plans automatically, which would eliminate the requirement of filing the paperwork and information manually – he said it would decrease manhours bring the airport further into the new technology age. The cost would be $2,000 initially and then $1,200 annually after that.

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