BI Airport receives $650,000 grant

Former BI Airport Commission Chairs Joe Reed and Don Vyse, with current chair Mike Scripps.

Former chairs of BI Airport Commission, Joe Reed and Don Vyse, with current chair Mike Scripps

By Elaine West

Great news for Beaver Island, MI! Mead and Hunt, consultants for Beaver Island Airport, announced on Oct. 25 that a grant was awarded from the State Department of Aeronautics for $650,000.00 to be used for the construction of a new terminal building on Beaver Island. Planning is to start this year, with construction planned for 2013.  

Public input will be sought throughout the planning process.
This brand new, small grant program from Michigan House Bill 4025, uses aviation fuel sales tax to fund this program, and can only be used for airport construction.

Mike Scripps, chair of Beaver Island Airport Commission, said, “This is wonderful news from the State of Michigan. This is the result of many years of hard work, starting with Joe Reed and Don Vyse, and continuing through a difficult recent time period. In a representative from  Aeronautics  words, ‘The large verdict paid out (during the recent trial) was not due to anything done by the Airport Commission.’”     

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