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The Adams County Record Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Page 13 ! Continued from frontpage an economic factor in the area. "/his is the first of a series of artides about the airportl what it means to our community and its needed improvements. Like Council itself, the town's airport has seen bet- ter days--days when the timber industry was boom- ing and the world's economy wasn't in so much turmoil. At the very tail end of the 1930s, logging started to benefit from new technolo- gies. The Second World War Village of Council and aIn 1977 the town, with group of donors, including some help from the 26 businesses, pooled their Idaho Department of money and bought some Transportation andthe land northwest of town from Division of Aeronautics and Gene Paradis. Three years Public Transportation, hired later (1948) the Village of I-U-B Engineers of Boise to Council applied for and received a federal grant to buy more land and grade an airstrip. In 1950 Council received more federal money to stabilize the runway apron area and taxiway, and to install day mark- "It's another form outside into our local lengthened to 3,600 feet; the runway, taxiways and parking areas were paved; a Non Directional Beacon and a Visual Approach Slope Indicator were installed, and more. Funding came from a of access from the n economy. - Mayor Bruce Gardner on the importance of the airport to our community come up with a 20-year plan number of state, federal and held. it in check somewhat, ings on the landing strip. At to improve the airport, local sources. but the post-war boom took this time, the runway had a Over the next two At its peak, Clint Yates the industry, and Adams gravel surface and was 2,100 decades, more land was pur- was the "Fixed Base County, on an upward swing feet long. This was too short chased north of the exist- Operator" and the airport for several decades, to accommodate many air- ing runway, lights were had a courtesy car, a tele- At the end of the war, the planes, installed; the runway was phone, flying lessons, avia- tion maintenance, fuel and even airplane rentals. But time took its toll. Dick Thompson said when he first landed on the runway in 1998, it was hard to tell whether it was badly vege- tated asphalt or a grass strip with weeds on it. The following year (1999), the city under- took a huge airport project. The runway was completely rebuilt. The pavement and faulty sub-base were dug up and replaced, the runway was widened by 10 feet to 60 feet, an entirely new light- ing system was installed, and a sub-drain was put in on each side of the runway. The city's matching funds for this project were par- tiallX financed by the sale of unneeded airport land east of the runway. Since theh the city has built a restroom and put in a new fuel facility At one point there were dreams of the airport becoming an airpark--where people build houses at the airport and have access to the runway from a hangar at theh: home. All told, well over a mil- lion dollars was invested in the airport from the Aviation Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is financed from a tax on airline tickets and is used for capital improvements at airports. More next week. Some of the hangars at the Council Airport. )