Big plans and projects for Ardmore

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

ARDMORE,OK -- Big projects and plans were discussed at the City Commissioners Meeting in Ardmore Tuesday evening.

One topic discussed was accepting grants from the Federal Aviation that will help cover 95 percent of funding used to improve both Ardmore Airports. The big project out at Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport will be to renovate aprons costing a total of about 500,000 dollars.
The other task discussed is to fix the draining system out at the Ardmore Municipal Airport costing over 250,000 dollars.

Ardmore City Manager J.D. Spohn says these improvements are much needed to protect aircraft and maintain safety. He says he's grateful for the grants while it leaves the city to only pay five percent of the costs.

"It's good for our citizens to know that we pursue grant funding as much as we can. That we spend their dollars very wisely, and this helps show them that we're out there doing what we're supposed to be doing," Spohn said.

Another topic touched on tonight, an exercise to create a realistic 757 airplane crash. The Carter County Local Emergency Planning Committee will introduce the exercise in October where about 300 people will participate and test the emergency systems if a catastrophe, like a major plane crash, were to occur. Ardmore Fire Captain Lynn Ervin says it'll be a chance to see if they all have what it takes.

"It should actually push everybody past their limits so it'll find any weaknesses that we have. See if there is any needs that we have with our communications, our radios, and everything works like we hope it does," Ervin said.

Ervin says they're waiting on the approval of getting a Homeland Security grant to put their exercise in action.

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