Jun 17 2008

City gets grant

Brewton Standard

By Lisa Tindell

A 30-year-old fuel tank at the Brewton Municipal Airport will soon be a memory. A grant from the Department of Transportation will make replacing the tank possible.

“That tank out there is 30 years old if it's a day,” Brewton City Clerk John Angel said. “This grant will allow for replacement of the tank and a new pumping system.”

The $76,417 grant award was announced last week by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R.-Ala., who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Funds will be paid from the Department of Transportation to construct a hangar and a fuel farm at the local facility.

“The project will have to go through the typical bidding process,” Angel said. “At this point, no date for work to begin has been determined.”

Shelby said the grant is being provided to help the airport meet the needs of Brewton.

“Expanding the infrastructure at the Brewton Municipal Airport will allow the airport to further meet the needs of the growing community,” Shelby said.

“Currently, the hangars at Brewton Municipal Airport are fully occupied and there is a waiting list to accommodate additional aircraft. This funding will allow the airport to construct an additional hangar to accommodate the expanding airport. Additionally, the funding will be used to update the airport's existing fueling with a new 12,000 gallon fuel tank, a fuel dispensing system and a spill containment area.”

Angel said the funds would help with engineering costs associated with hangar construction.