Airport terminal project moves forward

A grant agreement for $2 million, to be used for the new Williamsport Regional Airport terminal, was approved between Lycoming County and the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority Thursday evening.

The approval comes after the county commissioners also approved the total sum to be given for the new terminal at a prior county meeting. It still is unclear if the funds will come from natural gas drilling impact fees, or from a state bond taken out by the county.

According to Thomas Hart, executive director of the airport, the authority must only make sure that the money coming from the county meets the requirements of a local match, allowing the project to remain eligible for the over $13 million in grants it has already been promised by various state and federal agencies.

Additionally, the authority approved the adoption of a resolution authorizing a reimbursement to the state Department of Transportation for work it will be doing on the terminal, totaling $2 million.

The terminal project is also one of three remaining applicants for a $1 million grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, according to Hart. The final recipient of the money will be announced by the foundation on Nov. 20.

According to Hart, the full terminal project will go out for bid in January and construction is expected to begin in March.

The next authority meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Authority members present were Christopher Logue, Frank Pellegrino, Rebecca Burke and Atwood L. Welker.