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Front Page January 30, 2018  RSS feed

Commissioners told airport plans off table for now, radio system in bad shape

By Mac Shadix

A company named Black and Veatch gave Leon County radio communication equipment a failing grade in a report to county commissioners on Wednesday, January 24.

“The infrastructure is in bad shape. It has not been properly installed. You are only one failure away from no radio.” The company representative told the court.

Black and Veatch was hired to do an assessment of Leon County’s radio equipment to enable filing for a grant. Black and Veatch recommended the development of a plan to guide the implementation of a designed system. That plan alone would cost about $50,000 the commissioners were told, however, the equipment that they were applying for would work with any plan. The commissioners did not address the need for a plan, but decided to go ahead with the grant application.

County Judge Byron Ryder who is seeking reelection this year told the court that the project to build a Leon County airport was now off the table, due to a lack of funding by TxDot or the FAA. This may remove the project as an issue in this years election, but no mention was made of its not being revived in the future. No mention was made of allowing citizens to have a vote on taking on the expenses of an airport if one was to be sought in the future.

The 2017 fourth quarter investment report was offered for approval by County Treasurer Brandi Hill. The report showed that Leon County has $7,075,864.57 in General Fund investments along with another

$448.41 in road and bridge investments. The commissioners accepted the report.

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