HJ - Airport Capital Plan 2019

The Vanguard Squadron close-formation flying crew executes a takeoff during the annual Father’s Day Flight Breakfast and Air Show in June at Clarinda Municipal Airport - Schenck Field. The Clarinda City Council reviewed the Airport Capital Improvement Program during its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Clarinda City Hall. The plan outlined various safety projects to be undertaken at the airport over the next 11 years including the rehabilitation of the runway pavement as well as the connecting taxiway, turnarounds and apron. (Herald-Journal photo by Kent Dinnebier)

Several safety projects at Clarinda Municipal Airport - Schenck Field may soon be getting off the ground.

An 11-year plan for the Airport Capital Improvement Program was presented to the Clarinda City Council during its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Clarinda City Hall.

The new plan starts in Fiscal Year 2021 and continues through 2030. Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said the top priority identified for the airport in 2020 and 2021 would be the rehabilitation of the runway pavement.

“I met with our airport engineer last week. We spent an hour down on the runway. I think we went over every square inch of it looking at the surface. He strongly suggested, and so did the FAA when we talked to them on the phone, that our next two years we work on doing some crack sealing and some replacement of some of the bad spots,” Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said.

McClarnon said a similar project was done at the airport five years ago. However, he said the examination of the runway conducted with the engineer identified areas that again need attention.

Then, in Fiscal Year 2022, McClarnon said the engineer recommending rehabilitating the connecting taxiway, turnarounds and apron. Since both of these projects are safety related, McClarnon said the engineer and officials from the FAA agreed they should be the top priority for the city.

Updating of the Airport Layout Plan was pushed back to 2023. The next five years of the plan focuses on the design and construction of a parallel taxiway for the airport.

“We talked about taking (the parallel taxiway projects) off the five-year plan, but they strongly we leave them on there because they said, if there is every any extra discretionary funds at the federal level, they would actually pay for that,” McClarnon said. “It has to be on here before they will give you any funds.”

A project proposed for 2029 involved paving the grass runway and installing lights. The final two years of the plan call for the construction of new T-hangars and taxilanes.

Clarinda mayor Lisa Hull said there is a greater need for the hangars than some of those other projects. However, McClarnon said the FFA would not approve that project until the safety concerns are addressed.

“They basically told me this is what they want to see. The T-hangars, I would love to have those, but they say we have other needs first that we need to address,” McClarnon said.

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