Commissioners announce GPRA project

By Ivy Potter -

The Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport could see some future improvements.

According to Commissioners, in their Tuesday meeting, Project Up is a collaboration between commissioners and the Scioto County Airport Authority to do a revitalization, upgrade, and expansion of infrastructure and existing buildings at the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport (GPRA). This investment will bring GPRA into the 21st century, according to commissioners, and help foster continued growth in air traffic and future development. The project is composed of two phases, phase one being the remodeling of the terminal, with a facelift to the front of the terminal as well as new lighting and signage, along with the new Barklow Rd. extension and the paving and striping of the entire parking lot, eliminating all gravel from the hanger. The second phase of the project will consist of the purchase and construction of hangars for Jet Service and Storage as well as a general aviation small plane storage. All costs are set to come out of MCO Tax adjustment monies and bonding via the Southern Ohio Port Authority, and will have no impact on the county’s carryover funds, with contracts being handled by the Airport Authority.

Phase one of the project can begin immediately, with phase two beginning in spring/summer 2019.

Commissioners approved the minutes from the previous meeting of Oct. 18.

After approving requests for appropriations of funds, payment of then and now certificates, payment of moral obligations, and miscellaneous reports, among other routine business matters, commissioners approved communication from the Portsmouth Municipal Court regarding a request for funding from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. According to Commissioner Mike Crabtree the grant is for $37,775.75 for the period of Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 for Jail Diversion Programs.

After approving a letter of support for Equitas Health and adopting a resolution for the tentative award of sewer repair contracts, the meeting was adjourned.

By Ivy Potter

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932