Councilman Mark Luft praised the deal, namely the only 5 percent of overall costs the city will pay.
“Believe it or not, it does belong to the city … we need to keep pride in it,” Luft said. “… I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t jump on $300,000 worth of work for $16,000.”
“We’re utilizing the federal funding to take a large operational expense basically off the books,” Stambaugh said. “The LED lighting is far more efficient to run in terms of energy consumption, but it’s also far more efficient in terms of maintenance.”
“The Pekin Municipal Airport brings in roughly $3.1 million in economic development for the city according to state statistics. The average annual cost to the city in taxes is about $36,000 to support the operations at the airport.”
Childhood friends Rick Cunningham and Mike Reed share a love of the air, and their decades of flying experience have been recognized.
Both were awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in October in Springfield during an annual meeting. The two were given the prestigious award by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Dave Slaybaugh from the Flight Standards District Office.
The Pekin Municipal Airport is in better-than-normal financial health, according to a quarterly report released by city officials. The Pekin Municipal Airport Fund deficit so far this year is $2,032; almost break-even. The airport typically runs at a larger deficit.
Barra said the bureau included Pekin in its long-term expansion plans in large part because the city and its surrounding transportation logistics — notably the Pekin Municipal Airport — have proven themselves a good setting over the 20 years since its medium/minimum-security facility opened.
“The fact we already have that (facility) is important,” she said. “They like the area.”
The Pekin Municipal Airport is accepting applications for the position of:
Part Time Airport Assistant
Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Applications must be returned no later than 5:00 pm on September 1st, 2014. Applications can be mailed/delivered to the Human Resources Office at 111 South Capitol Street, Room, 241, Pekin, IL 61554, faxed to 309.346.2095, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sharon Woods Harris Pekin Daily Times reporter email@example.com
The Pekin Municipal Airport is turning 50 this year and a celebration has been planned in honor of the occasion.
The airport will conduct its Fourth Annual Wings and Wheels event from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14 at the airport on Illinois Route 29 near South Pekin. Admission is free. The event will feature a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. A pork chop and brat lunch will be prepared by the Pekin Community High School JROTC from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.