County approves applying for Mission Field study funds

By: 
Dwight Harriman

The Park County Commission approved at its regularly scheduled Tuesday morning meeting the City-County Joint Airport Board applying for funds for a master study of Mission Field.

Airport Board members at the meeting said the runway has about 15 more years before work such as widening the runway to accommodate larger aircraft needs to be done — the runway cannot feasibly be lengthened.

The total cost of the study would be about $137,000. The Federal Aviation Administration, if it approves the application, would fund 90 percent of that. Then, the county and City of Livingston would need to match the remainder.

Airport Board members at the session said the board is currently out of funds to pay for any of the match. Commissioners discussed that one way to fund the match would be to loan the board money that it would pay back when it replenishes its coffers.

The commission also approved paying about $12,000 to install a backup generator and automatic transfer switch at the Search and Rescue Building, located at 17 Chicken Creek Lane. The work will be done by Johnson Electrical, of Livingston.

The commission also approved a recommendation from the Planning and Development Board to create a City-County Planning Subcommittee.

Since the county and city work together on long-range planning, it was deemed important to create such a group. The subcommittee, which won’t have decision-making powers but rather will make recommendations to the city and county planning boards, will address issues like land use, traffic, infrastructure development and city expansion.

“This is a great move,” Commissioner Bill Berg said in approving of the subcommittee’s creation.

In other business Tuesday, the commission:

• Signed an updated Montana Department of Environmental Quality certificate of financial responsibility for the underground fuel storage tank at the City-Complex used for a backup generator there.

• Approved family land transfers for the Hillman, Eisen and Lalich families.

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Dwight Harriman may be reached at dharriman@livent.net.