Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 11, approved Amendment No. 1 to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Airport Project Participation Agreement, Contract No. 2116RCKPT, regarding a $330,000 Airport Drainage (sinkhole) Project.

The amendment adjusts grant funding provisions to reflect the receipt of additional federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act that will result in the project being completely grant funded.

The $33,000 (1%) match, which had been paid, will be refunded to the Aransas County Airport.

Airport Manager Mike Geer noted funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) paid for the rehabilitation of the airport’s concrete runways.

He said work on the sinkhole project probably won’t begin until next year.

(Note: The repair of this sinkhole has been in the works for about a year. Commissioners, at their regular meeting Oct. 26, 2020, took action to ensure financial assistance from TxDOT for the repair and reconstruction of the apron damage caused by sinkhole in front of the Airport’s administration building.

Commissioners approved amended Resolution #R-40-2020-A at that meeting, a document showing continued support for and acceptance of a Financial Assistance Grant from TxDOT with the updated costs for the repairs for damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Geer noted at that time an engineer hired by the county estimated the cost at about $300,000, but the state came back with an estimate roughly half that amount.

The state then come back and estimated the work at $330,000,.)

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