City commissioners to consider accepting grant for runway rehabilitation project

BIG RAPIDS — City officials continue to take steps toward rehabbing Roben-Hood Airport.

During the Big Rapids City Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, commissioners are expected to consider accepting a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) block grant to receive funding for the design phase to rehabilitate runway 14/32 at Roben-Hood Airport in Big Rapids with a city share of $2,700.

The estimated project cost is $54,000, with $48,000 being provided by federal funding, $2,700 by state, and a $2,700 match by the city.

The MDOT Aeronautics Division administers the state block grant program for airports within the state, and the grant which has been awarded to the City of Big Rapids would cover the costs for Mead and Hunt to oversee the project.

Commissioners also will hold study sessions concerning the city’s communication policy update, strategic planning and the proposed Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act to appear on the November general election ballot.

Also during the meeting, commissioners are expected to consider:

• Approving a resolution to amend fiscal year 2018-19 general appropriations for Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) buses;

• Authorizing a DART agreement for procurement of two vehicles from MDOT for fiscal year 2018 with 100 percent state funds; and

• Authorizing extending the contract with Webb Chemical for the purchase of ferric chloride for the removal of phosphorus by the wastewater treatment plant.

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