Ribbon was scheduled to be cut this morning (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. officially opening the new Philadelphia Municipal Airport terminal. The $1 million new terminal, made possible with federal, state and local funding, includes a lounge, kitchenette and spacious accommodations for pilots including showers.  Dan Cumberland, a 30-year pilot who has flown into countless airports, said the new terminal here is one of the nicest for the airport’s size.  From left are airport board members, Mike Tinsley, Don Fulton, Cumberland and Brent Gray. Cumberland is also the airport manager.
Ribbon was scheduled to be cut this morning (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. officially opening the new Philadelphia Municipal Airport terminal. The $1 million new terminal, made possible with federal, state and local funding, includes a lounge, kitchenette and spacious accommodations for pilots including showers. Dan Cumberland, a 30-year pilot who has flown into countless airports, said the new terminal here is one of the nicest for the airport’s size. From left are airport board members, Mike Tinsley, Don Fulton, Cumberland and Brent Gray. Cumberland is also the airport manager.
Waggoner Engineering was rehired to provide professional engineering and related services for the Philadelphia Municipal Airport for a five-year period following a unanimous vote of the Board of Aldermen.

Waggoner, along with Allen & Hoshall, submitted statements of qualifications prior to the board meeting on Tuesday, April 4.

Waggoner has been the airport engineer for the past 17 years or more.

Ward 1 Aldermen Joe Tullos voiced support for Waggoner without much discussion.

“If it ain’t broke, you don’t have to fix it,” Tullos said.

Waggoner will do the planning, engineering design, construction review, construction administration, surveying, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering and other related services for any future airfield improvements.

The services are expected to be initiated within five years of the date the initial contract is signed.

Some of the services may not be required as the city reserved the right to initiate additional procurement action for any of the services included.

Proposed airfield improvements that may be anticipated over the next five years include runway improvements, structural enhancements to existing airfield pavements, an unidentified amount of new apron and taxiway construction, grading and drainage improvements, airfield lighting modifications, security fencing, small aircraft hangar construction among others.

In other action, aldermen:

• Refunded a resident $1,074 for a cash bond after he was found not guilty.

• Approved a $10,127.61 claim from Waggoner Engineering for professional services on the airport terminal building.

• Approved a $185,267.55 claim from Flagstar Construction for work performed on the airport terminal building.

• Amended the Police Department’s line item budget for “seized money” by $305 for money received from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

• Approved a road bore by AT&T along Central Drive.

•Approved the “Post-Issuance Compliance Policies and Procedures” for the 2017 Water and Sewer Bond for Philadelphia Utilities.

• Approved a $157,537.28 claim from APAC for paving Kosciusko Road.

• Approved closing Myrtle Street from Pecan Avenue to Church Avenue on May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for an event at First Baptist Church.

• Tabled action on the contract with Crowder Engineering for work on the sidewalk project on Byrd Avenue between Beacon and Myrtle  streets until the next meeting.

• Purchased an ignition switch from Meridian Cycles for $87.60 for a Polaris Ranger.

• Authorized Fire Chief Pierce Clark to attend the Mississippi Partners in Preparedness Summit at the IP Casino in May 29 and June 1 and pay travel.

• Appointed Ward 1 Alderman Joe Tullos as Vice Mayor in wake of the death earlier this year of Vice Mayor Cecil Nichols.

•Authorized the replacement of the cast iron drainage system in the basement of City Hall.