Commission waits for bids for Boomer Street project
The Watertown Airport Commission is waiting as the state bureau collects bids for the relocation of Boomer Street.
The Watertown Municipal Airport’s runway is over 5,000 feet but it cannot advertise that to corporate aircraft because a portion of Boomer Street is too close to the end of it.
Airport operations manager Krys Brown said the commission hopes to know who will do the project by the end of this year.
The commission discussed future plans for the new Citation jet monument that was installed at the airport on Nov. 30 during its meeting Wednesday.
The monument was placed at the edge of the airport property near state Highway 26.
A welcome sign was going to be placed at the monument but Brown said the city will put up a sign at the corner of Airpark Drive and Church Street by Walmart next year.
“What we’re going to do in the spring is we’re going to make it classy and we are going to plant some bushes there,” Brown said.
The monument will also have light fixtures placed so it will be lit at night.
Brown said the commission will be starting a marketing campaign to collect donations because it was expected to cost under $70,000 but it ended up costing closer to $75,000 to place the Citation jet on the pole.
The commission discussed upgrading the terminal building. Brown said the airport has outgrown the building and would like to get a study done to either add to the facility or replace it. She added that the commission will continue to push the city to get funds and approve it in the budget to have this study done.