Grove Municipal Airport has been awarded a grant of $387,963 from state funds to improve medium intensity taxiway lights along the parallel taxiway system.

Local matching funds of $43,207 will be applied, bringing the total project cost to $431,170.

In a letter to the city dated March 12, Victor Bird, Director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, announced the grant and said the letter "serves as notice to proceed and complete the project."

Engineering work had already been completed.

The announcement was made at the regular monthly meeting of the Grove Municipal Airport Trust Authority Monday.

In other action the board:

Updated the Capital Improvement Plan listing project priority for the next five years. These include rehabilitation of east and west hangar taxiways; acquiring more land on both sides of the airport, plus 44 acres to the north and 33 acres to the south; and repairs to the existing runway lights.

Noted that the Airport Support Organization and Ron Latimer are constructing a shed over the new fuel station, with lighting, so that credit card purchases can be made 24 hours seven days a week. The building should be completed within three weeks, Latimer said.

Discussed changes to the airport purchasing policy to bring them in line with the recently approved city policies.

Designated Bruce Johnson, City Manager, as purchasing agent for the airport for items coming from city funds only.

Discussed an OAC grant for taxiway lighting and 2009 trust budget revisions and agreed to submit the 2010 trust budget draft to the city before the next meeting. David Adzigian and Tom Melton agreed to work on the draft budget.

Designated Airport Manager Terry Abercrombie and Tom Melton, board member, as delegates to the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association meeting in Stillwater April 26-28.