Meeting: Dubois County Airport Authority

The Dubois County Airport Authority met Monday and:

• Instructed Project Engineer Curtis Brown of Woolpert Inc. to move forward with a fix for unsuitable materials uncovered during excavations for a taxiway portion of the Huntingburg Airport’s runway extension project. The unsuitable soils were discovered in a critical area supporting the deep fills needed on the site northwest of county roads 200W and 900S — an unforeseen hiccup for the project. The area will be dug out and replaced with good fill taken from the north side of the airport property. It could be up to a $1.5 million fix but Airport Manager Travis McQueen said the authority’s federal and state funding partners are expected to step up to help pay for additional earthwork.

• Heard PHI Air Medical has decided it will wait until 2021 to push forward with plans to relocate its emergency medical helicopter to the Kimball hangar. PHI is proposing to enter into a sublease with Kimball International to use 40% of its hangar space for the medical helicopter service.

• Noted crop dusters are back in the area and are as busy as ever with multiple planes and helicopters spraying crops throughout the region.

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