Airport Gets Nearly $1M for Runway, Taxiway Repairs

WHEELING – The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport plans more than $1 million in repairs to its runways and taxiways in the coming months, Manager Thomas Tominack told county commissioners Tuesday.

The airport received a $919,739 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, which will cover 90 percent of the costs, he said. Tominack next will apply for a state grant for $102,193, which he said he expects to receive.

That will give the airport a total of $1,021,932 for the repairs, he continued. Neither grant requires any matching dollars from the county.

“Those are the kind of grants we like,” Commissioner Tim McCormick said. “It’s your relationship with the federal folks and the state folks that makes our airport on the top of the hill inexpensive for us.”

Tominack said “significant runway and taxiway enhancements” are planned for the airport. They include asphalt crack repairs, resurfacing, sealing and repainting of lines on surfaces. A new security gate and some fence work also will be paid for with the money, he added.

County Administrator Greg Stewart said the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling also received a $6,000 state grant through the Governor’s Community Partnership Grant Fund. It was sponsored by Delegates Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, and Ryan Ferns, D-Ohio. The grant requires a 10 percent match, which will be paid for by the soup kitchen, according to Stewart.

Commissioners also voted to give hotel-motel tax budget funds to four local events.

The West Virginia High School Golf Championship, set for Oct. 2-3 at the Speidel Golf Club in Wheeling, will receive $3,000, while three other events will receive $500 each – the YMCA Holiday Home Tour; the River City Music Festival; and the town of West Liberty’s 225th anniversary celebration.

Commissioners also approved an Alcohol Beverage Control Administration permit for Oglebayfest, scheduled for Oct. 5-7.