GRANTSBURG––Grantsburg officials were told Monday night to start saving in the amount of about $50,000, which is only 5% of the total cost of the prospective project, to repair the main runway at the Grantsburg Airport.
Officials met an hour earlier than usual Monday night and it was not because the Green Bay Packers game was later that evening. The village board’s monthly meeting starting at 5 p.m. so trustees could ask Matt Messina questions about the potential reconstruction of the main runway at the Grantsburg Airport.
Messina is an Airport Development Engineer with the Wisconsin DOT (Department of Transportation) Bureau of Aeronautics.
Some trustees expected Messina to bring a full estimate with a complete breakdown of what the costs of the project will be. Messina did not have a complete breakdown, he instead had rough estimates for the runway.
He said a complete reconstruction would cost somewhere between $1.5 million and $2 million. However, if the village wanted to go a more cost-effective route they could just crush the top level of asphalt and replace the top layer of the runway. That would cost a mere $900,000.
The good news for Grantsburg is that they would only have to cover 5% of the total costs of the project because this project would be eligible for federal funding through grants and other funds.
The county airport just did a complete reconstruction of one of their runways, it was ranked one of the worst runways in the state, the total cost of the project was $2 million with the county only responsible for 5% of the total cost.
Grantsburg Airport Manager Rod Kleiss said he would like to have a core sampling done of the runway, so they have a better understanding of the asphalt surface.
“I’m in favor of core sampling because then we can see what we got out there,” Kleiss said
Messina explained a core sampling would cost around $7,000. The village would have to pay for that up front, but Messina said they could be reimbursed later for that if they go forward with a federally eligible runway project.
Messina told the board they should budget for $50,000, which would be 5% of a million-dollar project. But if the runway reconstruction is scheduled to cost $2 million then the village would need to raise about $100,000 for the project.
In other items:
The board allowed the Grantsburg Food Shelf, located at Village Hall, to purchase a commercial refrigerator and freezer. This will require electrical work to be completed. The village and community will incur none of these costs as Steve Briggs told the board the Food Shelf will apply for grants and fundraise on their own to purchase the new appliances.
The board also approved extending the Food Shelf lease to Oct. 31, 2024.