MILLERSBURG -- A project that has been hanging over their head a long while was finally completed.
"The striping is done," board member Tom Ervin of the Holmes County Airport Authority said at the Monday, July 3, luncheon meeting. "It only took them a couple of attempts, but it's done."
The project to paint the lines on the runways had been on the to-do list since the spring, but weather issues kept it from getting done, even into June, which was still unusually wet month.
Ervin added that the first coat of paint did not hold, as airport manager Larry Clark's plane landed more than 12 hours after the painting was completed, but the paint came up on the bottom of Clark's jet.
"The blue made it look like I was a Michigan fan, so I had to get if off," Clark said with a laugh.
A pair of board members commented that the striping looks nice and really makes a difference.
Ervin noted that the Holmes County High Flyers are picking up art of the tab for the striping, an estimate of about $700. The remainder of the cost is picked up by an improvement grant.
Clark also reported that most of the 100-plus acres of airport land has been mowed.
"It's mostly up and down mowing," Clark said. "It's not easy mowing; you feel like it's going to tip over all the time.
"There is still deer around the airport," he added. "We got three more this month, and I've seen seven more."
The manager reported there is still a problem with dirt in the water at Waste Parchment, the business operating on the airport grounds.
"We're waiting on an estimate from Pepper's Plumbing," Clark said. "Most of the company's we've talked to don't have boring equipment, so they'd have to sub it out."
Board member John Byler pointed out that Trail Plumbing has the capabilities to do the job, and said he will contact them.
"The well is OK, we just need a new waterline," Clark added. "They're getting dirt in the water and it's clogging up the toilets."
Clark said airport rentals have increased this summer, with two new flying students. He said the part-time instructor is doing a good job; people seem to like him and he likes what he's doing.
The national women's air race that flew through Ohio was an event that drew some folks out to the airport, according to Clark.
There were 22 planes that came by the Holmes County Airport en route to Coshocton, which was a fuel stop.
Clark added that the High Flyers will host a pancake breakfast and offer plane rides on Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the airport. The breakfast is by donation only, and the plane rides are $20/person.
The money raised by the High Flyers is used to pay for projects such as the recently completed runway striping.
The board lost another member, as longtime member Richard Fowler resigned. He joined Larry Leppla, who resigned in May after 46 years on the board.
Board president Roc Baker said the board is made up of fliers and non-fliers alike, but notes they have lost two non-fliers.
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