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October 16, 2019

Jackson County Airport Upgrades

Jackson County Airport

Construction on a major upgrade is expected to start this spring at the Jackson County Airport. Operations Manager Jim Rowell explains the upcoming replacement of the aviation fuel system. “Each Year the Federal Government gives the State of North Carolina block grant money or non primary entitlement money for us, that’s $150,000 a year, we have to match that 10%, which would be $16,000. You can hold on to the money for 4 years. After that time, if you’ve not spent that money it will go to someone else. We’ve held on to that money and took bids about 2 weeks ago.” NHM was the lowest bidder of the three. NHM was selected to provide the work which is expected to get underway in April. The total bid was $539,000 of which 90% will be from the FAA and state airport improvement fund. The project will also include the expansion of a ramp to make it more convenient for larger airplanes to refuel.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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