Mason City Municipal Airport is undergoing major renovations and the City of Clear Lake is stepping in to help.
The airport has been busy with a variety of different projects, one of which is the decommissioning of the lagoon sewage system currently used for sanitary sewer purposes.
Mason City Airport will partner with the City of Clear Lake to expand its sewage collection system to the airport, which will allow the lagoon system to be permanently decommissioned.
The project is estimated at $ 712,000 and is funded by money donated to the airport through the CARES law. It is estimated that the portion of the sewage collection system that will be extended at Clear Lake will cost less than $ 10,000.
Clear Lake City administrator Scott Flory said he expects rental offers in early 2022, with the goal of starting construction in May and ending in September.
Members of the City of Clear Lake government praised the projects underway at the airport and welcomed the opportunity to partner with another government entity on the project.
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âThis funding from the CARES Act is truly a unique opportunity,â said Flory. “I think it’s a big, big project. One of those unique opportunities for government entities to work together … it’s nice to be able to help other governments when we have these opportunities.”
“It’s a great little collaboration between several government entities,” said Bennett Smith, board member. “Very positive for all of northern Iowa, really.”
The sewage changes are just one of many ongoing projects currently underway at Mason City Municipal Airport, the most significant of which is the expansion of the terminal currently in use.
The airport is currently considering renovating the current terminal or building a completely new terminal. This project is largely advanced to accommodate United Airlines’ service through SkyWest Airlines, which offers daily flights of 50 people to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
“The current terminal is not large enough to handle United’s service capacity,” said Mason City Airport Manager David Sims. “He just can’t handle 50 passengers.”
Although the expansion project is still in the planning phase, its cost is estimated to be between $ 8 million and $ 14 million, depending on whether or not a new building is built.
The airport received $ 12 million in federal funding for the expansion project, but work must be completed by May 2024 to receive these funds.
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Clear Lake City Council unanimously approved the agreement with the Mason City Municipal Airport.
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