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Airport Asks Residents To Sponsor Parts Of New Runway

An airplane sits on the Putnam County airport runway.

The Putnam County Airport is due for runway improvements, but increased funding from community members is needed to make the project possible.

As you fly into Putnam airport, you can see parts of the runway that have been patched. In fact, it has been almost 20 years since the runway was last paved. Small adjustments have been made to the fix the pavement, but large improvements are needed to make the runway safer.

To make these changes, the airport looks to federal and state funding, but a decrease in the amount of funding available has led the airport to begin a community fundraising campaign. In order to receive the funding, they must raise $27,000.

Executive Director for the Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center, Bill Dory, says community help is needed to make this project possible.

“For our community campaign, we’ve raised $13,560 dollars, so a little more than half to reach the $27,000 goal,” Dory says. But in addition to that, that’s just a small part of the campaign. The airport board needs to come up with about $311,000 dollars to be able to match the federal and state funds that will help finance the project.”

About 5,400 feet are available for sponsorship at$5 per foot. The airport is offering acknowledgement and recognition to those who sponsor the runway.

Board of Aviation Commissioners member, Duane Skoog says sponsors will receive titles usually reserved only for pilots.

“Based on the monetary amount, and the foot of sponsorship, it goes all the way from ‘Senior Chief Pilot Concord’ to ‘Air Cadet’. An ‘Air Cadet’ you can assume gives us $5, then you can go up to one of the middle ranges is ‘Captain of a Locke’. They are all based on ranges of commercial airliners and commercial aircraft,” Skoog says.

Putnam County Airport sees 50 to 100 take offs and landings on its runway per week and hopes the renovations will keep flights coming into their county.

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