The Southwest Regional Airport received a $675,800 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to upgrade its runway and taxiway.
The Kelso City Council on Tuesday will consider accepting the grant and approving contracts to get the project started.
The FAA grant will cover about 90% of the project costs. The state Department of Transportation will contribute $32,800 and Kelso has committed $42,200 in Country Rural Public Facility Grant dollars to the project for a total cost of $750,800.
If the council accepts the grant, it will then consider awarding a $57,400 contract to Century West Engineering for construction management and inspection services. The project could then begin as early as August, according to council documents.
The City Council will also consider awarding a $599,000 contract to Clark & Son’s Excavating Inc. for the runway maintenance phase of the project, also anticipated to begin in August or September.
And during the 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday in Kelso City Hall, the council will consider reducing the number of days during which fireworks can be sold or discharged to July 3, 4 and 5. That measure, if approved, would go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.
Fireworks would be permitted from noon to 10 p.m. on July 3 and 5, and from noon to midnight on July 4.
In addition, pyrotechnics and ground-launched devices that are detonation-only or produce retort would be prohibited.
Councilman Jim Hill, who has been advocating for fireworks restrictions for about a decade, told The Daily News last week that he thinks he will finally be successful because he has a new ally on the council in Mike Karnofski.
Karnofski called the proposal “a good compromise.”
In other business, the council will consider:
- An update on the city manager transition and candidate interview process.
- A presentation from the Emergency Support Shelter.
- Amending the budget to add full-time prosecutor position.
- Updating the city employee leave-sharing policy to include caring for a family member with a serious health condition.
- Discussing possible changes to the stormwater rate design.
- Appointing Cowlitz County Historical Museum Director Joseph Govednik to the Kelso Public Library Advisory Board.
- Closing out a $421,000 contract with C & R Tractor to upgrade parts of Grade Street, Oak Street, Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue. The project finished $40,500 over the original contract amount.