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BEIC board hears a request for airport fund from BDA director
by Gary Kent
Sep 03, 2014 | 695 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – At an early August meeting, members of the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation board appointed chairman Jody Alaniz and board members Brenda Treviño and Gilbert Herrera to subcommittee to study a request from the Bee Development Authority for $150,000.

BDA Executive Director Joe B. Montez told the BEIC board that the authority wants the funds to make airport improvements to the facilities at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex.

Earlier this year, the City Council voted to pass a resolution stating that the city intends to move its municipal airport designation from the current facility west of the city off U.S. Highway 59 to the former naval air station.

That action would make Chase Field eligible for funding from federal and state agencies that oversee transportation facilities.

The BDA and its main tenant, the Dan A. Hughes Co., have spent millions of dollars on the airport facilities since the Navy left the installation in the early 1990s.

Hughes himself spent more than a million dollars upgrading the pavement on the main runway and building a hangar for his company’s aircraft at the former base.

The authority also had a special aircraft paint booth built at the facility.

Upgrades also have been made to hangars that had been leased for several years by Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance and Kay and Associates.

The two companies left Chase Field about two years ago after its refitting projects for Black Hawk helicopters were scaled down because of a reduced demand for the service.

The board took no formal action on the request, other than to appoint the subcommittee to study the request.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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