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Bud Breault
Boardman-Polando Field
480 Barnstable Rd.
Hyannis, Massachusetts
508.775.2020


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BARNSTABLE AIRPORT COMMISIONERS AGREE TO FAST-TRACK NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER. Federal government to fully cover $4.7 million cost - February 24, 2010

The Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission has voted unanimously to fast-track the design and construction of a new air traffic control tower that will accompany a new passenger terminal planned for the Hyannis airport.

Meeting Tuesday, the Commission agreed to accept $1.65 million in federal stimulus funds for the tower and to hire the Florida design firm of CTBX Aviation Group, LLC.

Commission Chairman Daniel P. Santos said that fast-tracking the project will ensure the availability of stimulus money as well as $3 million in previously-earmarked Federal Aviation Administration grant funds. The federal government will cover the full $4.66 million tower cost. Santos said he hopes the design will be complete by the end of April and that construction can begin as soon as this summer.

Airport Manager Roland “Bud” Breault cautioned that while he has not yet received formal confirmation of the stimulus funds, he has been assured by federal officials that the money will be forthcoming. “We’ve done everything to get the money but cross the “t’s” and dot the “i’s,” he said.

The tower, with a new controller cab on top, will rise to between 80 and 90 feet – 20 feet taller than the current structure - and will include a new rotating beacon for airplane navigation. The commissioners agreed that the tower will be sited to the east of the existing one on land currently used to park FAA vehicles and rental cars. The project will be submitted for review by the Cape Cod Commission as a separate part of a modified Development of Regional Impact (DRI) application that includes the proposed new passenger terminal and access road.

Town Council Review

The terminal building and road projects will be aired at a workshop with Barnstable town councilors March 4 at 7 p.m. The commissioners and airport staff have been working to finalize an overall financial plan that includes a request of the council to bond $3.7 million of the up-front costs.  That money will be paid off through revenue from new airline passenger and rental car user fees.  The balance of funds ($13.1 million) will be forthcoming from the Aeronautics Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and airport reserves ($3.2 million). Breault reiterated that the airport improvements will cost Barnstable taxpayers nothing.  To ensure that, the commissioners agreed in principle Tuesday to sell airport land, now vacant or used commercially, to cover any unlikely funding shortfall.

At next week’s workshop, the commission is expected to announce that it has substantially met all of the town council’s requirements that were included in an earlier 19-point resolve. One of the council’s major requests was for a comprehensive airport master plan. A draft of that document has been completed and will be the focus of a public meeting March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Barnstable Town Hall.

For further information, please contact Airport Manager Bud Breault at 508 775-3033 or at roland.breault@town.barnstable.ma.us.

  



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Barnstable Municipal Airport
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Town of Barnstable

Boardman-Polando Field
480 Barnstable Rd.
Hyannis, Massachusetts
508.775.2020