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County approves funds for airport runway extension

On Tuesday, the Troup County Board of Commissioners voted on several items, including a request that they accept funding for a long awaited runway extension at the LaGrange Callaway Airport.

The board approved the acceptance of $5,752,855 in federal funds for the runway extension project at the LaGrange Callaway Airport. The funding is to go toward land acquisition and easement, runway extension and rehabilitation, as well as instillation and replacement for the runway. The state is expected provide half of the remaining non-federal funding needed for the project, leaving Troup County to pay $319,603.

“Basically, we are receiving the federal money and we are asking for the state to share (the cost) and go along with it,” Director Dexter Wells said.

The county funding will come out of the airport enterprise fund.

“The federal government will pay 90 percent and the State of Georgia will pay 5 percent, and the county will pay the federal match,” County Manager Tod Tentler said.

The project has been in the works for decades, and officials are hopeful that, with the help of this federal funding, it will finally begin to make headway.

Rezoning

The commission approved rezoning of 98 Old Airport Rd from residential to commercial. The owner had requested the zoning change in hopes of making it easier to sell the property. The zoning is consistent with existing and future land use maps of the area.

Sims Farm

The commission approved a special use permit for agri-tourism to officially allow Danny Sims to host a farmer’s market and farm tours on his property at 10 Bailey Rd. The farmer’s market, hayride and farm tours will take place on Sims’ farm, which staff determined had adequate space for parking as well as vendors. The farmer’s market will operate exclusively on Saturday’s between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and will have no outdoor lighting or amplified music in order to limit the farmer’s market’s impact on neighbors.

The permit will allow for the farm tours and hayrides to occur on other days however.

Liquor license

The commission unanimously approved the license for Picnic Stop in West Point to sell malt beverages and wine under its new management during the meeting. The request did not meet any opposition.

“We need all the businesses that we can get (in Troup County),” Commissioner Richard English said of the vote.

The Troup County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet again on July 18 at 9 a.m. at 100 Ridley Ave.