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by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · November 30th, 2017


The Marion Airport has had many improvements, and there are hopes for still more.

On December 12, the Iowa DOT Commission will hold a vote in Ames to determine whether or not it will approve a funding request to improve the existing runway.

At present, the runway has paving 25 feet wide. However, it is classified as a "turf" runway, according to Iowa DOT standards. To be a "paved" runway, which would be a more beneficial classification, the paving must be 50 feet wide.

Cole Norton, General Manager of the airport and owner of P&N Flight and Charter, which sits adjacent to the runway, gave us information about the airport's history, which is shared in a related story on page A7.

Regarding the forthcoming vote, Norton said the DOT has been very helpful in the past. He noted, "The DOT has already funded multiple projects, including the Airport Layout Plan."

He is hopeful that this upcoming vote in December will provide positive results, too.

The City has just recently appointed an Airport Committee. Its purpose is to oversee capital improvements of the airport and make recommendations to the City Council. Members of that committee include Tim Shaffer (chair), Bonnie Roth, Craig Rairdin, John Bender, Mike Goldberg, Phillip Legate and Ray Brown.

Its next meeting will occur on Wednesday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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