Airport Needs Approvals for $1M CARES Grant Request

Airport Needs Approvals for $1M CARES Grant Request

ROCK SPRINGS — During the Rock Springs City Council meeting Tuesday, the Council will review a grant request from the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport.

The Rock Springs City Council will host its regular meeting on, May 5, at 7 pm, at City Hall and the meeting will be open to the public. However, those who wish to attend are encouraged to wear face coverings due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic recommendations.

One item the Council will review is the airport’s $1,094,717 application for the Federal Aviation Administration Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant.

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Airport Director Devon Brubaker said this is money appropriated by the United States Congress through the CARES Act. The application process was brief and this is the last step the airport needs to complete before it can accept the grant.

The airport will need three entities, the RS City Council, the Sweetwater County Commission and the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport Board, to accept the grant. Brubaker said all three are airport sponsors and on the grant’s application. Brubaker is hoping to have all three entities approve the agreement by the end of the day Tuesday.

As for how the money is going to be spent, the airport board will need determine what the airport’s future will look like and then create a spending plan, he said. The airport will have four years to spend the money.

“We don’t have a firm plan in place quite yet.” Brubaker said in an interview. “This money was intended to help airports survive the loss of revenue that has happened due to COVID-19.”

Other Business

During the meeting, the Council will approve the minutes of the last regular meeting, which took place on April 21, and special meeting minutes for April 20 and April 23.

For appointments, the Council will look at appointing Joe Manatos to the Fire Civil Service Commission and Emily Lopez to the Rock Spring Planning and Zoning Commission.

Under new business, the Council will approve is preliminary budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021. The preliminary budget being presented to the Council indicates a potential shortfall of $1,236,881.31. All departmental budgets have been through multiple budget committee reviews.

You can view the complete meeting agenda here.