Airport gets $1
million in federal money
Express Staff Writer
airport is one of five airports in Idaho selected to receive federal money
to help pay for the added cost of security after the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks on the East Coast.
Department of Transportation awarded $69,943 to the airport on March 18.
manager Rick Baird said the money would help pay for the cost of off-duty
police officers hired to search vehicles and patrol the terminal.
struggled financially after Sept. 11, due to the cost of added security.
With the help of the grant, Baird said, "we anticipate we’ll have a
positive budget by the end of the year."
is also slated to receive an additional $1 million in federal money to pay
for safety improvements and update its master plan, which guides long-term
Aviation Administration awarded the airport $820,000 of the total $1
million to add lighting, fencing, gates and automated fingerprinting
equipment at the airfield. Commercial passengers will not be
fingerprinted, Baird said.
awarded $180,000 of the total $1 million to pay for the removal of asphalt
on the airport’s east side, Baird said. That is part of a project to
remove all buildings from the airport’s east side, except for the
awards the airport about $1 million every year to fund ongoing projects,
Baird said. The projects will probably never stop, he said.