Changes underway at airport as construction begins

by | August 16, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 15, 2018 at 9:41 am

The members of the Walterboro-Colleton County Airport Commission were informed during the Aug. 9 regular meeting that Lowcountry Aviation has met two of the major provisions of its lease.
Colleton County Economic Development Director Heyward Horton provided the board members a memo reporting that the company met the lease provisions that required an expenditure of $3 million in property and equipment, as well as eight aircraft being based at the company’s facilities on the airport grounds.
Based on a question from Commission Chairperson Becky Hill, Lowcountry Aviation President Marco Cavazzoni reported that the company’s fuel farm had been completed.
Cavazzoni, at the end of the report, said he wanted to “thank you for your great support. I has been quite a journey — it is just the beginning.”
He said that the second hanger to be occupied by Lowcountry Aviation should have the work on its water and electrical service finished soon and he anticipates being able to occupy the hanger after Labor Day.
In other business:
Hill updated the commission members on the status of the construction project to improve and expand the Lowcountry Regional Airport’s terminal, reporting that the construction company handling the work was pouring footers for the new portion of the terminal as the commission was meeting. Commission Secretary-Treasurer Chris Bickley told the board members he had visited the gutted original portion of the terminal.
Walterboro Mayor Bill Young added, “You have to tear down before you can build up.”
One of the gutted portions of the terminal was the commission’s meeting room. The commission meetings have been relocated to the media room of the Palmetto Rural Retail Center on Robertson Boulevard for the foreseeable future. The work on the terminal should be completed next summer.
The commission members were also informed that the design firm of WK Dickson was completing the plans for the construction of new hangars.
Commission members also should learn soon if they will be successful in securing additional FAA funding for the comprehensive drainage program underway at the airport.
The FAA previously provided a $570,000 grant to help defray the cost of the drainage project.
Airport Manager Tommy Rowe told the board the company which was hired to repair a leak at the airport’s fuel farm had examined the facility and pointed out a number of factors that should be addressed.
Based on that information, Rowe said he had the company proceed with the emergency repairs.
Rowe was given permission to spend up to $25,000 on the emergency repairs to the fuel farm.

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