Board members for the Western Nebraska Regional Airport received updates on a variety of subjects during their meeting Monday, as well as passing a new fiscal year budget.
One of the significant issues now facing the airport, according to Director Raul Aguallo, is the tally on the damage from last month’s hail storms.
Aguallo said adjusters have looked at the damage throughout the facility and equipment, and it’s close to $1 million. “the skylight people are supposed to be out here soon, but we’re suspecting we’ll have to replace it. Last time that was replaced was about 8 years ago, and it was about $80,000, but it looks like we’re going to have to replace it again,” says Aguallo.
Also suffering damage was the rubberized roof, which has developed small leaks in a number of locations, as well as several airport vehicles.
Aguallo also told the board that staff has started on their federal project for the year, a seal coating and re-striping of the main runway, which is closed for the next 30 days. Skywest flights and those for aircraft of 60,000 pounds or less will be limited to using the 5-23 crosswind runway during the project, with work on the intersection with the primary runway to be slated nighttime.
The board also approved a 2019-2020 budget of more than $3.569 million, of which $1.221 million will come from property taxes.