Airport to remain at current location

Published 10:17am Monday, March 25, 2013

Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said Friday that, based on the results of a feasibility study, the city is “pleased to announce it does not anticipate the Wetumpka Municipal Airport will be moved from its current historical site.”
The study, which began in March 2012, was requested by the Elmore County Economic Development Authority (ECEDA) in 2011. The city council authorized the study, which was paid for with grant funding.
City officials and ECEDA were informed of the completion of the first phase of the study earlier this week, Willis said.
The study was conducted through the Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, which contracted with Garver, LLC, an engineering and aviation consulting firm.
The goal of the study was to determine whether the current Wetumpka Municipal Airport could adequately meet existing and future operational needs and whether it could accommodate an industrial park adjacent to the airfield to meet industrial facility needs.
Willis said feasibility studies like the one conducted to analyze the airport facilities provide facts and unbiased recommendations that allow government officials to make sound decisions.

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