Archbold, OH

County Airport Receives Federal Grant

The Fulton County Airport has received a federal grant of more than $300,000 to remove trees that endanger aircraft, and to move the north-south grass runway to alleviate a safety problem.

Vond Hall, Fulton County administrator, said the Federal Aviation Administration will pay $290,151, with Fulton County provided a match of $15,272, for a total of $305,423,

A stand of trees to the south of the runway creates problems for pilots. As wind coming from the southwest blows through the trees, it causes turbulence that can unsettle an aircraft on final approach from the east that is landing on Runway 27.

The trees were implicated in a plane crash that killed three persons.

Hall said the removal can’t begin until after Sept. 15 because the Indiana brown bat, an endangered species, may be in the woods until them.

The largest part of the grant, $150,000, will go for wetland mitigation, creating new wetlands to replace those that will be destroyed when the trees are removed.

Runway Shift

The airport has two runways: one paved east-west runway, 9- 27, and a grass or turf northsouth runway, 18-36.

A safety problem has been recognized due to an industrial building located north and west of airport property.

Hall said an aircraft taking off on runway 18 to the south cannot see another aircraft at the end of runway 9, taking off to the east, creating the potential for collision.

Because there is no control tower at the Fulton County Airport, pilots have to watch out for their own safety. They are encouraged, but not required, to announce their locations and intentions over a special radio frequency.

To alleviate the problem, the turf runway will be moved or shifted to the south, so that planes at the north and east ends can see one another.


The Fulton County Commissioners have awarded two contracts in connection with the projects.

Diversified Road and Pipe, Whitehouse, has been given the contract to move the runway. The firm bid $42,613 for the job, which was $30,107, or about 41.4%, under the engineer estimate.

The county agreement calls for the property owners to remove the trees, with the right to sell the lumber. The county will then be responsible for removing the stumps and preparing the land for farming.

Hank’s Plumbing & Heating, Toledo, was the winning bidder of that project, with a bid of $56,170.

That figure is $52,335, or about 48%, under the engineer’s estimate of $108,505.

As part of the same grant program, Put-In-Bay airport on South Bass Island will receive about $339,000 grant, and the Williams County Regional Airport will receive more than $239,000.- David Pugh

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