Taylor Municipal Airport to get new runway lighting

By Linda Kor

New runway lighting for the Taylor Municipal Airport was discussed by the town council June 8.

Town Manager Gus Lundberg advised the council that bids for airport runway lighting would open June 22. The project includes precision approach path indicators (PAPIs), which assist pilots by providing visual glide slope guidance and runway end identifier lights (REILs), which provides rapid and positive identification of the end of the runway.

“The current equipment has become obsolete and we can no longer get replacement parts,” explained Lundberg after the meeting.

The total cost for the project is approximately $400,000, with the Federal Aviation Administration paying 90 percent of the cost, the Arizona Department of Transportation paying five percent and the town paying the remaining five percent, or $20,000.

“We had a pre-bid meeting and five bidders showed, but it wasn’t mandatory so there will likely be more,” said Lundberg. The winning bid will be announced at the July 6 council meeting and the project is anticipated to be complete by the end of summer.

Acting as the Board of Adjustment, the council held a public hearing prior to the meeting to take comment on a request by the owners of a parcel located at 101 N. 100 East to reduce the front setback requirement from 20’ to 10’ on their lot to allow an addition on their home. The council approved the request during the regular meeting.

A second public hearing was held regarding an application for a full liquor store license for the Circle K store at 615 N. Main St. The council approved the license during the regular meeting.

Eagle Scout Kaden Despain discussed his Eagle Project, which was holding pens at the practice arena at the rodeo grounds.