Following approval from the City of Leitchfield and Grayson County Fiscal Court this week, the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport Board will purchase additional land to install security measures for the airport runway.
On behalf of the Airport Board, Scott Hammond, of American Engineers, addressed the Leitchfield City Council on Monday evening, Sept. 21 and Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning, Sept. 22 to explain the need for 13 acres of land located to the east of the runway.
The runway is currently 4,000 feet long and 60 feet wide, and with the current amount of land owned by the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport Board, it cannot install a security fence to keep people off of the runway without violating airspace, Hammond said.
To assist the Airport Board with the purchase of the 13 acres of land—which was originally part of Legacy Golf Course before the property was repossessed—the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a grant to cover 90 percent of the cost, pending approval from the City Council and Fiscal Court, according to Hammond.
The 13 acres of land will cost a total of $136,460, and the FAA will, through its grant, pay $122,814 of that sum.
The remainder of the cost will be covered by the Kentucky Department of Aviation, which will pay $10,235, and the Airport Board, which will pay $3,411.
Neither the City of Leitchfield nor the Grayson County Fiscal Court will be responsible for any of the cost of the land, according to Leon Shaw, of the Leitchfield/Grayson County Airport Board.
The grant, which was issued by the FAA two weeks ago, originally had to be approved last week; however, the FAA approved an extension for the Leitchfield and Grayson County governments to approve the grant by Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Following Hammond’s presentations on Monday and Tuesday, the Leitchfield City Council and Grayson County Fiscal Court both approved the FAA grant.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.