Block Island Times

Hard deadlines sought for airport projects, budget

Town officials met with representatives of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation at the Block Island Airport to hammer away at some specific issues that have been needing attention: installing a more reliable water supply for the airport and its tenants, coming up with a plan to create more revenue for an airport that is consistently in the red, and a request to see a budget that shows some funding will be allocated for work on the airport’s parking apron.
RIAC officials told Town Councilor Sven Risom, Town Manager Jim Kern, fixed base operator staff member Andy Transue, and local pilot Henry duPont, that on two of those issues — a plan for a town water supply, and the budget numbers — would be provided to the town no later than June 1. The meeting took place at the airport on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The meeting began with a discussion on how to create more revenue at the airport, but given this was an initial discussion there was no final resolution to that issue.
What was discussed was monetizing parking at the airport and using some of the space for storage,

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