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August 20, 2012

City issues response to FAA report

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Woodward, Okla. — The Inspector also required a gun range to be relocated off the airport property. It should be noted that this gun range was used solely for skeet and trap shooting utilizing shotguns. This was not a rifle or handgun range. The gun range was closed immediately upon receipt of the report. The City is attempting to find a suitable alternate location.

The Inspector referenced a 1989 letter concerning the gun range. The City is not able to confirm receipt of that letter. The City would like to inform the FAA that at the time the gun range was located at its current location, Runway 5-23 (the crosswind runway) had been abandoned for several decades. This runway was reconstructed pursuant to FAA guidelines in approximately 2003-2004.

The Inspector further required the relocation of a travel trailer and cargo trailer off the airport property. This will be addressed. The enforcement of these matters has historically been the responsibility of the airport manager, and prior to March of 2012, the Airport Authority Board.

A T-hangar which has been removed was also mentioned in the report. The airport authority found the subject T-hangar to be structurally unsound and believed it to pose a danger to persons and property. This finding occurred in 2008. The airport authority requested the hangar be removed by the City. The City, pursuant to statutory authority, declared the hangar as surplus property and entered into an interlocal agreement with the Town of Fort Supply to dismantle and remove the hangar at no cost to the City. In all aspects, this procedure was done according to law.

Finally, the Inspector referenced the disposition of a portion of asphalt milled from the abandoned crosswind runway. As part of the reconstruction of Runway 5-23, the FAA authorized the milling of the abandoned runway and the use of the millings in the base of the reconstructed crosswind runway and the storage of the remainder of the salvaged materials. It is the City's understanding that salvaged material from the airport may be sold, so long as either the proceeds from the sale be credited to the airport fund within the City's accounting system, or the amount received be taken into account in any subsequent AIP grant applications.

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