Airport offers opportunity for economic development

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Looking for more economic development opportunities at the Brewton Municipal Airport, the city’s airport committee plans to offer for lease 20 acres of property near the airport.
That property, along with 28 acres the city now has an option on near the airport, will be listed on the state’s Web site of available properties for economic development, Mayor Yank Lovelace said Monday.
“We’re trying to get some industrial development going,” said John Downing, chairman of the airport committee. “That 20 acres is reasonably adaptable.”
The 20 acres will be for least for $250 per acre.
The city holds an option on the larger property through April 30, 2016, and it will be listed with a purchase price of $290,000.
Also Monday, the city council approved a new consulting engineering firm for the airport, Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon.
In other business Monday:
• The council approved grant applications for the park to be located at the old CCC camp property along Burnt Corn Creek.
One of the grants — for a multi-use trail — would require a $40,000 in-kind and/or cash match. Another grant for $100,000 would require a 50 percent match.
Lovelace said the city can turn down the grants if it receives them.
Plans for a park at that location were unveiled earlier this month and include walking/biking trails, ponds, canoeing, a zip line and other attractions.
•  The council approved a grant application for the Transportation Alternative Program, a $250,000 grant which would require a 20 percent match.
The grant would provide funds for making crosswalks and sidewalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
• Mayor Yank Lovelace added City Councilman Fred Barton to the city’s finance committee.
Meetings of the Brewton City Council are held the second and fourth Monday’s of each month beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Brewton City Hall.