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Townsend talks on designating Chase Field as public airport
by Gary Kent
Mar 24, 2014 | 63 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Interim City Manager Marvin Townsend told City Council members Tuesday evening, March 11, that a resolution passed by them last month had been forwarded to Texas Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration officials.

The resolution states that the council favors transferring the city’s NPIAS (National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems) designation from the current Beeville Municipal Airport just south of U.S. Highway 59 west of the city to the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex.

That facility is located on State Highway 202 just southeast of the city.

That sets the groundwork for the city to consider the Chase Field facility its official public use airport.

By designating Chase Field as the city’s official airport, it makes the former naval air station eligible to receive important grant funds from the FAA and TxDOT.

When Townsend attended a meeting at TxDOT offices in Austin recently, he was asked by officials there what the City Council’s wishes were concerning the possible switching of its designation to the NPIAS.

The council was encouraged to make the move by Joe B. Montez, executive director of the Bee Development Authority. Montez said that by moving the city’s operation to the longer runway and parking apron facilities at Chase Field, Bee County possibly could bring in oil company aircraft coming to South Texas for visits to the Eagle Ford Shale formation.

Currently, those corporate jets are landing and parking at larger airports outside of Bee County.

In other business, the council voted to:

— Purchase two Yamaha Grizzly 450 all-terrain vehicles from Cycle Plaza in Corpus Christi for the Beeville Police Department’s fleet of small ATVs.

The $10,982 needed for the purchase came in the form of a grant from ConocoPhillips.

— Adopt a resolution to allow Bee County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Willow to include the city in the seven-county Coastal Bend Mitigation Action Plan. Joining the plan will make the city eligible for various government grants.

— Approve street closings for two upcoming events including the “Color Me Ace Super Saturday” event on the morning of March 29 and the second Bee County Living History Celebration on March 22 just east of downtown.

Also, the council met in executive session to discuss a five-year contract with the Bee County Chamber of Commerce with City Attorney Frank Warner and to interview four candidates for city manager.

The council took no action on either matter after returning to open session.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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