By William Holloman
The Mount Olive Municipal Airport Board of Directors has been given the go-ahead to begin another 10-year capital improvement plan.
Completion of the new airport layout plan is expected to take about six months. Top priorities on that list will include a new terminal facility, fencing around the perimeter of the airport, and another hangar for aircraft at the growing airport.
Final approval of the new 10-year plan is up to the Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners.
Mayor Joe Scott said the airport board has also received confirmation of funding of $209,000 to proceed with design plans for a new airport parallel taxiway. The contract has been awarded to Talbert and Bright Consultants out of Wilmington. The design study will probably take about six months, officials said.
Airport authorities said they are still waiting for funding of about $150,000 for installation of an Automated Weather Observation Station (AWOS) designed to specifically assist pilots at night and during bad weather.