Engineering services for the design and construction of a new hangar at the Chadron Airport were negotiated for a substantially lower price than estimated by the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics.
The Chadron City Council approved a resolution Monday detailing the negotiations, a process required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Olsson Associates of Lincoln will serve as the engineers on the project, if it’s approved by the FAA, at a cost of $177,580. The Department of Aeronautics estimate for engineering services came in at $304,410.
A significant savings was found in the construction phase engineering part of the contract, said City Manager Greg Yanker. The Department of Aeronautics figured its estimate using an onsite consultant full time for the duration of construction. Olsson Associates, however, believes that because the project is fairly straightforward, it can have a consultant on site for only a portion of that time, saving the city a hefty sum.
The new hangar, if constructed, will be 80x80 with a bi-fold door and a hangar ramp and taxilane. The construction of the hangar was discussed in 2016 but action on the item was delayed until this year. The FAA has funding available and must approve the use of that funding for the construction of a hangar. Plans for the hangar include housing city equipment used at the airport and rental space for planes.
In other business Monday, the council had a second reading on an ordinance to change the speed limits on West Highway 20 from the junction with Highway 385 west to Stockade Road. It is proposed to change the speed limit from the junction west to in front of GMC of Chadron to 30 mph and 45 mph from there to just beyond Stockade Road. The third reading of the ordinance will take place Dec. 18.
The council also announced its list of vacancies on various boards and committees. The following boards and committees have vacancies and need volunteers: Joint Airport Zoning Board, Citizen Advisory Review Committee-Economic Development Plan, Community Development Advisory Committee, Library Board, Property Maintenance Code Problem Resolution Team, Property Maintenance Code – Board of Appeals and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
A temporary committee to determine the feasibility of a community solar farm has three interested applicants and is still in need of one more representative from the public.
Anyone interested in serving on any of the boards or committees can drop of a letter of interest at Chadron City Hall.